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Home Working with Section 106 The Protection of Indian Sacred Sites
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) encourages agencies and the general public to fully understand the importance of consulting with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and respecting sacred sites. In the Section 106 context, the term “sacred sites” is sometimes used as shorthand for historic properties of religious and cultural significance to Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. As with other kinds of properties, sacred sites must be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in order to be considered in the Section 106 process.
Policy Statement on the Confidentiality of Information about Indian Sacred Sites Federal agencies have a duty to protect American Indians’ and Alaska Natives’ sacred sites. When consulting with tribes to determine whether culturally sensitive locations may be affected by federal actions, federal agencies should respect tribal desires to keep information about such locations confidential to the extent legally possible.
Copies of the MOU, Action Plan, Progress Report, and other information may be accessed by clicking the links below: (text and links below have not changed)
The Forest Service also maintains a webpage devoted to the Sacred Sites MOU at:
Finally, the ACHP issued a brief explanation of the relationship between Executive Order 13007: Indian Sacred Sites and the Section 106 process:
July 28, 2015