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Sacred Sites

First Nations

article First Nations burial site caught in bureaucracy (6/12/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Lightning Rock is a sacred site to the Semá:th (Sumas) First Nation in the Fraser Valley. Thousands of people could be buried nearby, including...
article Sask. artifact rules violate international law, says professor (6/7/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- The failure to notify First Nations of a rare artifact discovery in central Saskatchewan violates international law, says an academic. The bigger...
article Growing First Nations coalition will 'go the distance' to stop Sask. road project after artifacts found (6/6/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- A growing coalition of First Nations says it's prepared to "go the distance" to stop a controversial gravel road project in central...
article Saskatchewan First Nations want road project stopped after rare artifact discovery (6/5/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- Sheldon Wuttunee says he felt connected to his ancestors when he held an ancient Indigenous artifact in his hands for the first time Wednesday. The...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (6/7/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration won't stand in the way of legislation to protect ancestral tribal territory from development despite adopting a policy...
1 Article on this Issue

Chaco Canyon

article US officials to put off oil leases near sacred tribal land (5/29/2019)
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has agreed to put off oil and gas leasing for a year on land that tribes consider sacred surrounding Chaco Canyon...
article Which people will make recommendations about land use near Chaco? (4/30/2019)
(New Mexico) -- A group consisting primarily of tribal leaders and environmental advocates will make recommendations to State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard...
article The Greater Chaco landscape: The pueblos speak out (4/27/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Chaco Canyon and its landscape represent arguably the single most significant cultural site on public land in America, but, in an administration not...
article Tribal, congressional leaders to discuss proposed protections for Chaco Canyon area (4/13/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Congressional leaders will meet with tribal leaders this weekend to discuss the efforts to protect sacred New Mexico land and the surrounding areas from...
article BLOG: Native Americans Need to Know their Land will be Protected (4/8/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around sacred tribal land that features massive...
article Find epic stargazing at ‘New Mexico’s Machu Picchu’ (3/25/2019)
(New Mexico) -- In August 2017, a national, astral phenomenon swept the United States—a total solar eclipse. Friends and families flocked to cities in the path of...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Tribes Seek Injunction against Hudbay Minerals’ Colossal Copper Mine Set to Desecrate Burial Grounds and Sacred Sites (5/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- Three Native American Tribes have filed a preliminary injunction against Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals to stop its plans to raze lands which...
article Tribal leaders call for less drilling near sacred sites at congressional hearing in Santa Fe (4/16/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient...
article Considering the sacred: Lawmakers weigh push to restrict drilling near sacred sites (4/15/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Federal lawmakers ventured thousands of miles to hear from tribal leaders, archaeologists and others Monday as advocates urge Congress to establish...
article Tribes urge US to ban drilling around sacred New Mexico site (3/26/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive...
article Native tribe opposes Sargent Ranch quarry project on sacred land (3/23/2019)
(California) -- For thousands of years, indigenous tribes near San Jose have hosted ceremonial practices, prayer and festivities on the land they refer to as Juristac...
article Fracking Sacred Ground (3/12/2019)
(New Mexico) -- On the packed earth behind the Counselor Chapter House, the local tribal headquarters for a town-sized portion of Navajo-owned lands in northwestern New...
article B.C. gas pipeline on hold as company investigates Indigenous artifacts claim (2/15/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Construction on a controversial gas pipeline project in British Columbia's northern Interior has been suspended while the company investigates...
article Senator hopes to balance drilling, burial ground concerns (11/14/2018)
(Wyoming) -- A state senator from a fossil fuel-rich county in eastern Wyoming is introducing a draft of a bill this week he hopes will help balance drilling interests...
article Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute (11/13/2018)
(Montana) -- The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Unearthing Resistance (5/8/2019)
(Texas) -- Hollis Rutledge’s second-story office in downtown Mission is a shrine to Texas conservatism. A campaign sign wedged into the front window announces his...
article Federal, state rulings favor Ramapough nation in Mahwah (3/19/2019)
(New Jersey) -- In separate but related rulings issued Monday, state and federal agencies have taken actions favoring the Ramapough Lenape Nation based in the township....
article Justice Department: Ramapough Indians' Denial Of Religious Freedom Complaint Should Proceed (3/19/2019)
(New Jersey) -- A denial of religious freedom complaint filed by the Ramapough Mountain Indians against the township of Mahwah is ready to be heard, the U.S. Justice...
article Feds File Statement of Interest in Native American Religious Land Use Case filed Against Mahwah (3/18/2019)
(New Jersey) -- The Department of Justice today filed a Statement of Interest in U.S. District Court in New Jersey supporting claims by the Ramapough Mountain Indians (...
article Utah, Farm Bureau Back Monument Cuts Opposed By Tribes (sub req) (2/15/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Utah and the American Farm Bureau Federation urged a D.C. federal court Friday to toss suits from environmental groups and Native American tribes...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Bears Ears

article After President Trump reduced the monument by 85%, what remains of Bears Ears? (5/6/2019)
(Utah) -- For the past 13,000 years, humans have inhabited this part of the West. They carved arrowheads from stone and hunted giant sloths. They learned to farm corn...
article Emails: Interior officials considered delaying report (4/19/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Newly disclosed internal emails show senior Interior Department aides contemplated whether they could delay the release of a Fish and Wildlife...
article Utah Navajos Continue Fight Against Expanded Bears Ears National Monument (3/29/2019)
(Utah) -- The recent decision by the County Commission to reverse its previous position and condemn the Trump administration move to vastly reduce the size of the...
article Native voices heard on Bears Ears (3/14/2019)
(Utah) -- The Bears Ears National Monument debate carries on. “They want to grab that and they want to develop it,” said Ute Mountain Ute Tribe member Terry...
article Native leaders tell Congress how Trump trampled ‘spiritually occupied landscape’ to carve up national monuments (3/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- House Democrats, indigenous tribal leaders, and public land protection advocates all rebuked the Trump administration’s downsizing of two...
article Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable (3/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Hopi Vice Chairman Clark Tenakhongva said he already sees a difference in the year since the Trump administration shrank the size of Bears Ears...
article A year after size reduction, Bears Ears National Monument fight continues (12/4/2018)
(Utah) -- A year ago President Donald Trump signed an executive order that essentially reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument and created two units within the...
article These Utah Activists Are Determined to Stop Trump From Stealing Our Public Lands (12/4/2018)
(Utah) -- A year ago today, Donald Trump traveled to Salt Lake City to sabotage one of America’s oldest environmental laws. On December 4, 2017, after a concerted...
article Over 200,000 Bears Ears supporters ask BLM to halt planning (11/19/2018)
(Utah) -- More than 200,000 public comments asking the BLM to halt its planning process for Bears Ears National Monument have been submitted to the federal agency.
article The Fight for Bears Ears Isn’t Over (11/14/2018)
(Utah) -- Southeastern Utah’s canyons, mountains, and plateaus have been home to indigenous peoples for thousands of years. In 2016, Bears Ears National Monument...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Deep in a cave, Cherokee texts still have much to teach (4/25/2019)
(Alabama) -- Working deep underground in a vast cavern system in modern-day Alabama, in the south-eastern United States, scientists have been translating messages...
article BLOG: Cherokee Wrote Backward Messages in Cave to Speak to the Spirit World (4/10/2019)
(Alabama) -- Nearly 200 years ago, Cherokee gathered inside a cave in Alabama and, using their newly minted alphabet, wrote ceremonial messages onto the walls and...
article Cave Markings Tell of Cherokee Life in the Years Before Indian Removal (4/10/2019)
(Alabama) -- On April 30, 1828, a Cherokee stickball team stepped into the underworld to ask for help. Carrying river-cane torches, the men walked into the mouth of...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Caddo Nation

article Pool: Building and rebuilding at Caddo Mounds (4/23/2019)
(Texas) -- Last week the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris burned, and there was a disaster overtaking a cultural monument about the same time here in East Texas. A...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article KEELER: Notre Dame and the Fight for Sacred Lands (4/19/2019)
(USA) -- In Chiapas, Mexico, I first considered the difference between the kind of society that builds monumental architecture in stone and the kind that nurtures great...
1 Article on this Issue

Grand Canyon

article Grand Canyon at 100: Park status protects natural resources, but threats remain, inside and out (3/26/2019)
(Arizona) -- It’s a brisk and quiet February afternoon at the Grand Canyon, and on its south rim stands a small group of people, posing for a photograph. Among...
article BLOG: Why you should visit Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and how to do it the right way (3/25/2019)
(Arizona) -- Imagine an area composed almost entirely of wilderness. In it, you’ll find a desert landscape that puts Westworld to shame, complete with arches,...
article Indigenous peoples historically have been disrupted by the American government and left to fend for themselves where the Grand Canyon is concerned (2/25/2019)
(Arizona) -- Most people view the Grand Canyon as a place of recreation; they go there to sightsee, hike, raft and camp. But the people who have lived there for...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Eastern Band of Cherokee

article A Possible New Future For A Sacred Cherokee Mound (3/8/2019)
(North Carolina) -- The Nikwasi Mound in downtown Franklin, North Carolina looks like a small, grass-covered hill, but for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the site...
1 Article on this Issue

Congress

article Congress passes historically large public lands bill that sets a legal precedent for climbing in wilderness areas (2/27/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a historic bipartisan bill titled the Natural Resources Management Act, 363-62. It cleared the Senate...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Hawaii

article Native Hawaiian Activists: We'll Keep Fighting Thirty-Meter Telescope (2/23/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Any day now — or perhaps weeks from now -- a caravan of trucks hauling heavy equipment will begin the eight-mile climb up Mauna Kea, a sleeping volcano...
1 Article on this Issue

Oak Flat

article Native Americans hope to protect ancestral sites threatened by multibillion-dollar copper mine (12/8/2018)
(Arizona) -- LeRoy Shingoitewa dug his hiking boots into loose gravel and sand, watching the early November morning sunlight slowly spread across shrubby hills and rocky...
1 Article on this Issue

Snowbowl

article Why Arizona tribes are outraged by artificial snowmaking at ski resort (11/17/2018)
(Arizona) -- Since 2012, Arizona Snowbowl ski resort has used reclaimed wastewater to make snow on about 1 percent of the mountain, extending the ski season to a record...
article In Flagstaff, skiers and protesters show up for Snowbowl's opening day on machine-made snow (11/16/2018)
(Arizona) -- On the first day of ski season, the forecast called for clouds. No snow fell on Friday in Flagstaff. It's happened twice this winter, but the last time...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Pu’eska Mountain

article Temecula to mark defeat of proposed Liberty Quarry by showing documentary (11/16/2018)
(California) -- A documentary about the defeat of a massive quarry project proposed south of Temecula will be shown Thursday, Nov. 15, to commemorate the day the...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Mt. Vernon Arsenal, Searcy Hospital Among Most Endangered Historic Places (5/31/2019)
(Alabama) -- The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced this week that Mt. Vernon Arsenal, which later became Searcy Hospital, is one of America’s 11...
article Take A Tour Of White Rock (5/31/2019)
(New York) -- The Verona Historical Society invites you to join them on Tuesday, June 4, for a tour of Verona’s historic White Rock. The landmark boulder sits high...
article Rainbow Bridge holds spiritual meaning for Native American tribes (5/23/2019)
(Utah) -- Rainbow Bridge is probably one of the most famous bridges in the United States. But it's not because of the number of people or cars that travel across it...
article Environmental, indigenous groups gather to protect a ‘sacred’ site in Salt Lake City that’s planned to become a massive distribution hub (5/1/2019)
(Utah) -- An off-white teepee rose up from a flat, expansive field in one of Salt Lake City’s largest untouched and most politicized landscapes on Wednesday...
article Indian country has sharp reaction to burning of Notre Dame Cathedral (4/23/2019)
(Arizona) -- Native American Indian Country’s reaction is sharp when it comes to the destruction of sacred sites; all sacred sites. While Indigenous sacred sites...
article This Native American inscription was found deep inside a cave. 200 years later, scholars think they understand its meaning. (4/10/2019)
(Alabama) -- At first glance, it looked like a set of black numbers and letters written in English, perhaps with some symbols included. It had gone unnoticed for nearly...
article Indigenous Peoples Day petition withdrawn from Wellesley Town Meeting (3/29/2019)
(Virginia) -- In late winter, a large group of World of Wellesley (WOW) supporters, led by WOW President Michelle Chalmers, met in front of Town Hall to hold signs and...
article Tribes to testify on Long Island at Quincy council on Monday (3/29/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Leaders from Native American tribes connected to Long Island and the legacy of genocide perpetrated there will testify before Quincy city councilors...
article Petroglyphs on the Mesa (3/29/2019)
(Texas) -- My interest in digital heritage began with the 2007 field season. This was my first year as field manager for the Lubbock Lake Landmark regional research...
article A Trip Through Time in Desolation Canyon (3/25/2019)
(Utah) -- It was the second day of my first rafting trip through Desolation Canyon, several years ago. After a last-minute cancellation permit became available, I set...
article Native youth and elders team work to save a sacred Duwamish spring from development (3/5/2019)
(Washington) -- For thousands of years, a vast network of mineral springs in what is now North Seattle, was known by its Lushootseed name, le?qtid, pronounced “LEE...
article 11 important Native American heritage sites in the US that you need to visit (2/25/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Sites of Native American heritage play a powerful role in educating visitors about the original residents of what are now the United States and help...
article Dig will continue at Native American fort in Norwalk (2/15/2019)
(Connecticut) -- A tiny but important, artifact-rich archaeological dig will extend at least into the spring, giving researchers a chance to salvage more evidence of the...
article Grand Canyon National Park turns 100: How a place once called ‘valueless’ became grand (2/5/2019)
(Arizona) -- Few sights are as instantly recognizable, and few sites speak more fully to American nationalism. Standing on the South Rim in 1903, President Teddy...
article Indian Country: The Situation is Bleak, But Not Hopeless (12/17/2018)
(Indian Country) -- Back in 2001, about 100 miles west of Kabul, in the Bamiyan Valley, the Taliban rigged two towering sandstone statues of Gautama Buddha with enough...
article First Nation sues Alberta, says oilsands project threatens sacred site (12/11/2018)
(Alberta) -- An Alberta First Nation is suing the province over development approvals that the band says threaten sacred land the government has promised to protect.
article Archaeologist say state parks destroyed Native American antiquity sites (11/6/2018)
(Arizona) -- An archaeologist says Arizona State Parks and Trails deliberately destroyed Native American antiquity sites during construction activity at Lake Havasu...
article Tribal burial site delays construction of sidewalks (9/26/2018)
(Rhode Island) -- Concerned about a lingering construction project to repair sidewalks for schoolchildren, Councilman Blake Dickinson learned shovels could break ground...
article Salish site a place of healing and respect for all (9/21/2018)
(Washington) -- The Medicine Tree along the East Fork of the Bitterroot River is a sacred site for the Salish people, reminding them of ancestors, timeless teachings and...
article COMMENTARY: Why Native Americans struggle to protect their sacred places (9/18/2018)
(Arizona) -- Forty years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act so that Native Americans could practice their faith freely and that...

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