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Home arrowNews arrowNovember 6, 2013

Sacred Sites Listening Session

The Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation are hosting a listening session for tribal leaders in conjunction with the White House Tribal Nations Conference:

November 14, 2013
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC  20240
Room 5160
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In response to concerns expressed by tribal leaders, the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have committed to working together to improve the protection of and tribal access to sacred sites under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). One of the guiding principles of this work is that tribal input and consultation is essential to ensure the development of meaningful strategies for sacred sites protection.

This listening session will provide an opportunity for continued dialogue on sacred sites issues and tribal leader input in the work being carried out under the MOU. The signatories will provide an update on their progress in implementing the MOU and plans for next steps.

The listening session is open only to tribal leaders. Please RSVP to Ms. Alberta Joseph at alberta_joseph@ios.doi.gov. If you are unable to attend this listening session, please send your comments via email to consultation@bia.gov with “sacred sites” in the subject line or by mail to Ms. Kathryn Isom-Clause, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW, MS 3071-MIB, Washington, DC 20240. A conference line will also be available for tribal leaders unable to attend the session. Further updates will be posted online at http://www.indianaffairs.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/Consultation/index.htm.

Read the Sacred Sites MOU Update here.

 

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