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The Northern Plains Heritage Foundation is the local, 501(c)3 non-profit coordinating agency for the Northern Plains National Heritage Area, one of the 49 Heritage Areas overseen by the National Park Service.
The Northern Plains National Heritage Area includes sites and locations associated with nationally significant themes in American History. This includes the homeland of the Mandan-Hidatsa; Lewis & Clark, Sacagawea and the Corps of Discovery; and General George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry.
On August 24, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed the first National Heritage Area into existence with the designation of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Act. On March 30, 2009, the US Congress passed Public Law 111-11, bringing the Northern Plains National Heritage Area into existence. The Northern Plains National Heritage Area is one of the 49 National Heritage Areas in the United States.
The Northern Plains Heritage Foundation administers grants on behalf of the National Park Service for the Northern Plains National Heritage Area. The grants are used to improve key sites and events; increase public awareness of nationally-significant elements of local history and associated landscapes; identify and assist local preservation needs; encourage local historical research for education; and enhance the quality of community and heritage tourism by promoting the sense of place, character, and the region's identity.
The Northern Plains National Heritage Area includes sites and locations within the North Dakota counties of Burleigh, Morton, Mercer, McLean and Oliver.