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Interagency Group Releases Sacred Sites Training Video
An interagency working group released an online training video designed to help federal agencies meet their legal responsibilities in protecting places of sacred significance to Indian tribes and accommodating access to them.
The video is one of the products issued as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the ACHP entered into in 2012 with the Departments of Defense, the Interior, Agriculture, and Energy. The MOU is designed to improve the protection of and access to sacred sites through interagency coordination and collaboration.
The signatories developed the video in conjunction with experts from across the federal government, Indian Country, academia, and tribal advocacy groups. The course is designed for use by federal, state, and tribal governments, as well as members of the public interested in learning about sacred sites protection.
The ACHP believes the training video will help contribute to a better understanding of sacred places, their protection and preservation, and their importance to tribal cultures. The working group has also developed a policy review of all laws, regulations, and policies related to sacred sites, as well as an information paper on sacred sites for non-federal stakeholders. More work products are expected in the future.
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