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Historic Preservation grants awarded for insular areas

The U.S. Pacific territories and freely associated states, are getting a total of more than $2.1 million in historic preservation grants from the U.S. Department of Interior.

The share of the Pacific jurisdictions is part of the $46.9 million in grants for all states and territories announced yesterday by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who says these grants leverage private investments in historic preservation activities and help spur tourism, create jobs, and build pride in communities across the nation.

According to the federal government, CNMI will will get $410,831; Guam will receive $409,123; American Samoa, $396,261; Federated States of Micronesia, $412,161; Palau, $238,866; and Marshall Islands, $238,866.

The grants will enable the states to preserve and protect the nation's historic sites without expending tax dollars.

States and territories get these grants under the Historic Preservation Fund, which is supported by revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. The National Park Service administers the fund and uses the majority of appropriated funds to distribute matching grants to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.

Source: DOI media release