National Park Service - Request for Statements of Interest and Qualifications for Potential Project through the CESU Network

Prospective Project: Leigh and String Lakes Visitor Use Study at Grand Teton National Park
Deadline: 18 September 2016

String and Leigh Lakes are located within Grand Teton National Park (GRTE). String Lake is a very popular area for recreational paddling, swimming/wading, picnicking, and day hiking. Leigh Lake is popular for recreational paddling, day hiking, and backcountry camping. GRTE staff has observed a substantially large increase in visitation at String Lake over the last several years. With these increases in visitation, park staff has seen an escalation in parking demand and an expansion of resource impacts, especially along the shores of String Lake and areas adjacent to the existing parking lots. The prospective project would focus on the areas surrounding Leigh and String Lakes, but may be expanded to include northern Jenny Lake, Bearpaw Lake, Trapper Lake, Paintbrush Canyon, and Holly Lake.

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Missouri National Recreational River American Indian Traditional Cultural Property Survey and Inventory

The Midwest Region Cultural Anthropology program is interested in conducting a survey and inventory of potential American Indian Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs) for Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR) in South Dakota and Nebraska. The program acting on behalf of MNRR is seeking a partner to aid in identifying and understanding potential TCPs located on land encompassed within the boundaries of the park.  The study will evaluate whether locations and places within the park meet the definition of a Traditional Cultural Property as outlined in NPS Bulletin #38, and if any of these places further meets the criteria for inclusion on the National Register as a TCP.

The partner will be tasked with completing an ethnographic study that will inventory and document any potential TCPs. This project is a comprehensive evaluation based on ethnographic interviews of associated tribal members from the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.  The project will include completion of draft National Register of Historic Places nominations for each potential TCP identified. The study shall conform to professional and scholarly standards regarding methodology of anthropological research and writing.  Stylistic and bibliographical standards shall conform to the current requirements of the journal American Anthropologist, and the current Chicago Manual of Style.

Missouri National Recreational River preserves and protects 98 miles of the natural Missouri River on the border of South Dakota and Nebraska. The park is comprised of two districts: the 59-Mile District includes 59 miles of free-flowing river from Gavins Point Dam to Ponca State Park and the 39-Mile District includes 39 miles of natural river from Fort Randall Dam to Running Water, South Dakota. The 39-Mile District also includes 20 miles of the Niobrara River and 8 miles of Verdigre Creek.

Deadline for responding to this letter of interest is Wednesday, April 11, 2016.

Project funds available are approximately $120,000. The funding includes an overhead rate of 17.5 percent.  The project will be funded by the National Park Service. Universities within the CESU network are eligible to apply. In addition, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO) of federally recognized tribes are eligible to submit a LOI. This project is not a grant, and will be administered as a research project through either the CESU network as a Task Agreement (for a university) or a Cooperative Agreement (for an eligible THPO).

For a full copy of the ROI, contact, Michael J. Evans, Ph.D. (, Chief, Cultural Anthropology Program, Midwest Region Ethnography Program, National Park Service (402-661-1926).