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Four cabinet-level departments joined the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) today in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve the protection of Indian sacred sites.  The MOU also calls for improving tribal access to sites. It was signed by the ACHP’s chairman, and the secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy and the Interior. 
LOS ANGELES – Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), today presented a certificate, signed by First Lady Michelle Obama, recognizing the Historic Filipinotown neighborhood of Los Angeles as a Preserve America Community. Community leaders and officials received the designation certificate at ―Preserving Historic Filipinotown: A Celebration,‖ held at Unidad Park. The park is home to a large mural depicting Filipino American history and culture.
WASHINGTON, DC – Improving consultations on unique issues involving Native Hawaiian organizations is the purpose of a new interagency working group established by the Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Defense (DOD), and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). Federal agencies are required to consult with Native Hawaiian organizations before taking any action with the potential to significantly affect Native Hawaiian resources, rights or lands. The new working group will establish processes to help federal agencies identify impediments to regular, meaningful and appropriate consultations required by law, regulation and/or policy. It will also assist federal agencies with compliance activities in regard to Native Hawaiian organizations.