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The Protection of Indian Sacred Sites

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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 December 2012, the Departments of Defense, Interior, Agriculture and Energy and the ACHP entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding interagency coordination and collaboration for the protection of Indian sacred sites. In March 2013, the signatories issued an action plan for implementation of the MOU and in March 2014, issued a progress report. Both documents are available at the links below.

On October 20, Chairman Donaldson, on behalf of the signatories, sent three documents to tribal leaders and invited them to participate in a roundtable discussion with the MOU signatories on October 27 at the National Congress of American Indians meeting in Atlanta. The ACHP also forwarded the draft documents to its tribal cultural resources contacts. Comments on the drafts should be sent to The documents are:

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:

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Updated October 24, 2014

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October 24, 2014