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Please consult with the Department Native American Coordinator regarding any Native American coordination.

Agency Native American Consultation Contacts

FDOT Native American Coordinator

Jason Watts, Director, Office of Environmental Management

jason.watts@dot.state.fl.us

850-414-4316

 

Native American Tribes Currently Involved in FHWA/FDOT Consultation

Generally, correspondence between the FDOT and Native American tribes in Florida is conducted using electronic communications. When using electronic communications, please include a read receipt. When using U.S. Mail, use certified mail return receipt. The tribal contacts below are provided for the use of District and OEM staff. In almost all circumstances, when a Cultural Resources Assessment Survey report must be sent to a tribe, the report will be routed through the Project Development Coordinator and the FDOT Native American Coordinator, above.

There are six, federally recognized tribes with cultural associations and interests in Florida. For most tribes, the contacts consist of the tribal government and the tribal preservation officials. For the purposes of historic preservation law, the primary tribal contacts for OEM and the districts will be the historic preservation official(s) for each tribe. Advanced Notifications and other general notifications are normally sent to the tribal governments as well. There are certain details regarding communications with the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians which are important to follow. These details are noted along with the contacts associated with these tribes.

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida    (Back to Top)

The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida do not accept electronic communications. Copies of Section 106 correspondence and associated documents, such as reports and analyses, must be sent to the Section 106 and NAGPRA coordinator, Mr. Fred Dayhoff at his address below. Avoid providing the Cultural Resources Assessment reports to the Tribal Chair except when requested by the tribe, and do not include any information related to human remains, burials, or burial associated artifacts in any correspondence or report to the Tribal Chairman. For communications with Mr. Fred Dayhoff, use only regular U.S. Mail Services through the USPS or use United Parcel Services (UPS). Do not use FedEx in contacting Mr. Dayhoff. Make sure to send these via certified mail in order that the receipt date may be recorded.

Mr. Billy Cypress
Chairman
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
Tamiami Station
PO Box 440021
Miami, FL 33144

Mr. Fred Dayhoff
Section 106 and NAGPRA Coordinator
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
HC 61
SR Box 68 Old loop Road
Ochopee, FL 34141

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians    (Back to Top)

Please note: ONLY consult with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on projects occurring in the Florida panhandle, west of the Apalachicola River to the Alabama State Line.  Specifically the Choctaw area of interest in Florida includes the following counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, and Gulf.

The preferred method of notification in the consultation process is by email to kcarleton@choctaw.org with electronic attachments or the ability to electronically download applicable documents from a file transfer protocol (ftp) site.

Chief Phyliss J. Anderson
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
101 Industrial Road
Choctaw, MS  39350

Mr. Kenneth H. Carleton
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
PO Box 6257
101 Industrial Road
Choctaw, MS  39350

Muscogee (Creek) Nation    (Back to Top)

The current Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is Ms. Corrain Loe-Zepeda. Ms. RaeLynn Butler serves as the Manager of the Historic and Cultural Preservation Department for the tribe. However, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation requested that all our Section 106 materials be provided to their general email address provided below.

Mr. James Floyd
Principal Chief
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Office of the Administration 
PO Box 580
Okmulgee, OK  74447

Historic and Cultural Preservation Department (email)
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Cultural Preservation
PO Box 580
Okmulgee, OK  74447

Poarch Band of Creek Indians    (Back to Top)

Stephanie A. Bryan
Tribal Chair
Poarch Band of Creek Indians
5811 Jack Springs Road
Atmore, AL 36502

Carolyn M. White, Regulatory Affairs Division Director (email)
Acting Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Poarch Band of Creek Indians
5811 Jack Springs Road
Atmore, AL 36502

Seminole Tribe of Florida    (Back to Top)

Mr. Marcellus W. Osceola
Chairman
Seminole Tribe of Florida
6300 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL  33024

Paul N. Backhouse, Ph.D.
Acting Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Tribal Historic Preservation Office
30290 Josie Billie Highway, PMB 1004
Clewiston, FL  33440

Mr. Bradley Mueller, Compliance Review Supervisor (email)
Compliance Review Supervisor
Tribal Historic Preservation Office
30290 Josie Billie Highway, PMB 1004
Clewiston, FL  33440

Victoria Menchaca, MA, Compliance Review Specialist (email)
STOF-THPO, Compliance Review Section
Tribal Historic Preservation Office
30290 Josie Billie Highway, PMB 1004
Clewiston, FL  33440

Seminole Nation of Oklahoma    (Back to Top)

Mr. Gregory Chilcoat
Principal Chief
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
PO Box 1498
Wewoka, OK  74884

Mr. Theodore Isham (email)
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
PO Box 1498
Wewoka, OK  74884

Native American Coordination Information