The May 22 grand opening of the new Pipe Spring National Monument-Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Museum Collection Storage facility was well-attended by tribe members, as well as park officials and local citizens. 

“This is the only facility of this kind in the nation,” said Syd Martin, Director of Indian Affairs and American Culture, representing the regional office of the Park Service. She lavished praise on Pipe Spring Park Superintendent John Hiscock and the Kaibab Paiute Tribe, currently under the direction of Tribal Chairman Tim Rogers, for working in collaboration to share a facility that will be of tremendous benefit to both entities. 

The Tribe donated the land for the large facility, located adjacent to the Park Service headquarters, while the NPS paid for construction utilizing several funding avenues, including a small percentage from the shared pot of National Park Demonstration fees.

There are two separate 1300 square foot repositories-one for the Kaibab-Paiute and another for the Park Service Pipe Spring artifacts. Both the Park and the Tribe will have their own curator to administrate the separate collections. 

Hiscock explained park or museum items that have been archived or donated had previously been kept in various storage areas, and the new repositories would provide better protection and space for the artifacts. “This will hold both natural and cultural artifacts relating to the park’s history. Archeological, prehistoric, ethnographic, and historic archives will be preserved there.”

“It’s a a building that has been needed, to better preserve and protect native and pioneer artifacts,” said Kaibab Paiute Tribal Chairman Tim Rogers.