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Sacred Sites

Mining & Drilling

article Aboriginal owners decry ‘corporate vandalism’ after sacred site destruction (9/25/2020)
(Australia) -- The traditional owners of an ancient Aboriginal site in Australia blown up by Rio Tinto accused the mining giant of a “shocking act of corporate...
article OP/ED: Resignation of mining CEO after destruction of Aboriginal caves represents a tectonic shift in social investing (9/22/2020)
(Australia) -- Ten years ago — maybe even a year ago — it would be unlikely that the CEO of a major mining corporation would have lost his job for destroying...
article Resignation of mining CEO after destruction of Aboriginal caves represents a tectonic shift in social investing (9/22/2020)
(Australia) -- Apologies and cuts to executive pay at Rio Tinto weren't enough. Companies must 'play a major social role in society,' says Paula Luff, owner...
article Rio Tinto CEO to leave over destruction of Indigenous sites in Australia (9/11/2020)
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will leave the Anglo-Australian mining giant by March over the destruction of Australian Indigenous...
article Rio board to consider further executive sanctions over Aboriginal cave blasts (9/8/2020)
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto is set to discuss further executive sanctions over the destruction of two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal shelters in Western Australia. The company...
article 'We want them out': Traditional Owners block road to Adani coal mine in central Queensland (8/24/2020)
(Australia) -- Protesters, including Traditional Owners of Wangan and Jagalingou country, have blocked the main road to the controversial Adani Carmichael coal mine in...
article 'This land is all we have left': Tribes on edge over dam proposal (8/18/2020)
(Navajo Nation) -- Shortly before Lucille Daniel’s father died, he told her: “Take care of the land. Take care of the livestock.” This land, a patch of...
article Mining company blasts through 46,000-year-old cultural site in Australia (6/26/2020)
(Australia) -- Multinational iron ore mining company Rio Tinto is under fire for blasting through a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cultural site in Western Australia last...
article Rio Tinto to release Aboriginal heritage review after site destruction (6/19/2020)
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto initially said it would only provide key findings of the review to the government; it has now committed to releasing the review in full. The...
article Mining Firm Plans to Destroy Indigenous Australian Sites, Despite Outcry (6/12/2020)
(Australia) -- A giant mining company on Thursday said it would go ahead with destroying at least 40 ancient Indigenous sites in the Pilbara desert in Western Australia...
article VIDEO: Aboriginal activists protest Rio Tinto (6/9/2020)
(Australia) -- Aboriginal activists have taken their fight to Rio Tinto headquarters over the blasting of a 46,000 year old heritage site.
article VIDEO: Rio Tinto says sorry for blasting 46,000 year old Aboriginal sacred site (6/4/2020)
(Australia) -- Mining giant Rio Tinto has sparked anger across the country after it destroyed a 46,000 year old Aboriginal site in the Pilbara. What's even more...
article Aboriginal sacred site obliterated as mining giant expands iron mine (5/27/2020)
(Australia) -- An Aboriginal sacred site which showed evidence of almost 50,000 years of ongoing human use has been deliberately destroyed by a mining company in Western...
13 Total Articles on this Issue

Google

article Google deletes Uluru virtual walk after Aboriginal complaints (9/23/2020)
(Australia) -- Google has pledged to stop users taking a virtual walk on the internet across the top of Uluru, a sacred Australian indigenous site, after complaints that...
1 Article on this Issue

Oak Flat

article Naelyn Pike: Apache Fighter and Sacred Site Protector (9/16/2020)
(Arizona) -- Naelyn Pike, Chiricahua Apache, remembers being 5 years old and hearing her grandfather, former tribal council member Wendsler Nosie Sr., speak at an event...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump's Wall

article 2 O'odham women arrested after they stop border wall construction southwest of Tucson (9/13/2020)
(Arizona) -- Two O’odham protesters were arrested Wednesday after they temporarily stopped border wall construction on their ancestral land southwest of Tucson....
article California Tribe Loses Bid to Halt Border Wall Construction (8/29/2020)
(California) -- Appearing unclear during a court hearing Thursday about tribal rights to access cultural resources on private land, a federal judge found the federal...
article Tribe Says Border Wall Construction Is Trashing Burial Sites (8/11/2020)
(California) -- The Kumeyaay people, whose presence along the San Diego-Mexico border preceded the international boundary now designated by fencing President Donald...
article Young Kumeyaay Women Lead Protests Against Border Wall (8/6/2020)
(California) -- The quickly-rising border wall is planned to stretch for 14 miles along rugged terrain in the Laguna Mountains. But it now cuts through areas that the...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Chaco Canyon

article Concerns about moving forward with land use plan impacting Greater Chaco expressed (8/29/2020)
(New Mexico) -- While the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs hosted virtual meetings to answer questions related to the amendment to...
article Tribes, Lawmakers Ask For Halt On New Mexico Drilling Plan (8/29/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A coalition of Native American tribes and members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are asking federal officials for more time to consider a...
article Saving Chaco: As coronavirus consumes New Mexico, drilling threatens sacred land (5/19/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed tribal communities in New Mexico, where Native Americans comprise about 11 percent of the state’s population...
article Groups: More Time Needed to Weigh New Mexico Drilling Plan (3/30/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Archaeologists, historians and environmentalists are joining New Mexico's congressional delegation and a coalition of Native American tribes in...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Pechanga Tribe

article Lake Elsinore hydroelectric project would threaten sacred land, Pechanga tribe says (8/25/2020)
(California) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians once warned that a proposed mine would obliterate a sacred site equal to the Biblical Garden of Eden. Now, the...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article State nod moves forward proposed Native American sacred site at Santa Susana Field Lab (8/17/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The State Historical Resources Commission on Friday backed a proposal by NASA to have the entire contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory site...
article Burial Site Found on a Property Tied to Obama, Causing Tension With Native Hawaiians (8/16/2020)
(Hawaii) -- On a Wednesday morning in early July, the Oahu Island Burial Council logged on to Zoom for its monthly meeting. Members, who are appointed by the governor to...
article Commentary: We demand respect for our Kumeyaay people. Our sacred sites must not be destroyed. (8/7/2020)
(California) -- Howka. You are on Kumeyaay land! My name is Jacob Alvarado Waipuk. I am Ipai Kumeyaay from the village of Ahmukatlatl, also known as San Pasqual...
article Kumeyaay Nation protests border wall construction (7/27/2020)
(California) -- The dusty air at a segment of land between the U.S.-Mexico border near Campo Kumeyaay Nation Reservation was filled with singing, prayer, percussion and...
article Sacred Arizona spring drying up as border wall construction continues (7/20/2020)
(Arizona) -- Midway down a cactus-covered hill in one of the driest parts of Arizona is a miracle: a spring. Water continually streams out of the ground, down a small...
article Local tribe asks for authority to manage sacred land (7/15/2020)
(Nevada) -- The Moapa Band of Paiutes is asking the U.S. Air Force to grant them the authority to manage sacred land. The tribe’s demands come after a proposal...
article California tribe at odds with border officials, wall construction crews (7/11/2020)
(California) -- A Native American tribe from eastern San Diego County continues to interrupt the on-going border wall construction in this part of California. For weeks...
article Kumeyaay tribe blocks border wall construction on native burial grounds (7/1/2020)
(California) -- Members and allies of the Kumeyaay Nation in Campo blocked construction of the border wall on Monday by standing in front of an area where pre-...
article Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites (6/23/2020)
(Arizona) -- As President Donald Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction Tuesday, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as...
article The “American Taliban” and the Destruction of Native American Sacred Sites (6/22/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Remember when Ted Cruz called the Native American activists who pulled down a Christopher Columbus statue in Minnesota the “American Taliban...
article Devils Tower Vs. Bear Lodge: How A Name Shapes The Way Westerners Approach Holy Ground (6/16/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Standing 867 feet tall, equal roughly to a 62-story building, Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming is an awe-inspiring site. To many of the indigeous tribes...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Popular Tourist Sites On The Navajo Nation Can Reopen Soon (8/17/2020)
(Navajo Nation) -- Popular tourist destinations on the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can start welcoming back tourists Monday under the tribe's...
1 Article on this Issue

Blackfeet Nation

article New bill would permanently protect 130,000 acres of Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine (8/5/2020)
(Montana) -- In the 2017 report that rolled back Bears Ears National Monument, then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tacked on a footnote saying that a little-known swath...
article Guest view: Blackfeet grateful, but seek permanent protection (6/28/2020)
(Montana) -- Last week, a panel of judges in Washington, D.C., ruled that the last industrial lease in the Badger-Two Medicine must be canceled. And while the Blackfeet...
article Blackfeet Propose Legislation to Permanently Safeguard Badger-Two Medicine (6/26/2020)
(Montana) -- For the first time in 40 years, the Badger-Two Medicine, a pristine region along the Rocky Mountain Front brimming with rivers and wildlife corridors and...
article Court rules to end oil company's lease on tribes' holy site (6/17/2020)
(Montana) -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday to cancel a long-disputed oil and gas lease on land in northwestern Montana considered sacred to American Indian...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Oka Crisis

article 30 years later, a Mohawk filmmaker reflects on the Oka Crisis (7/25/2020)
(Canada) -- It's been 30 years since an explosion of violence and the death of a Quebec provincial police officer on an early July morning marked the beginning of...
1 Article on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Sacred site reveals how Indigenous people resisted colonial forces for 130 years (7/22/2020)
(Georgia) -- About 130 kilometers from modern-day Atlanta, a three-story-tall earthen pyramid once rose among the rolling hills of the Oconee Valley. Atop the mound were...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Cliffs of Fundy, Bonavista Peninsula named UNESCO Global Geoparks (7/10/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Two sites in Atlantic Canada have been recognized as new UNESCO Global Geoparks, a designation that recognizes sites and landscapes of international...
article Planned excavation work in Oka, Que., digs up concern from Mohawk longhouse (7/3/2020)
(Quebec) -- The traditional governing body in Kanesatake, Que., is opposing a proposed archeological dig in the municipality of Oka. Excavation work is scheduled to be...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Black Hills

article For some Native Americans, Mount Rushmore is a symbol of broken treaties, white domination (7/3/2020)
(South Dakota) -- President Donald Trump views his Friday trip to Mount Rushmore as celebrating America's "heritage" on the July Fourth holiday weekend....
article Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report (7/3/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux protesters were arrested protesting against President Donald Trump’s Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore on Friday. The...
article GIAGO: “The Black Hills are not for sale” (7/3/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Time for a little history lesson for those wasicu (White people) who may not know this. When Donald Trump and Kristi Noem decided to join forces and...
article Rockets’ red glare and protests: Trump’s Mount Rushmore fireworks anger tribes (7/2/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Tribal leaders in South Dakota plan to protest President Donald Trump's appearance Friday at an elaborate Mount Rushmore fireworks display, arguing...
article Native Americans protesting Trump trip to Mount Rushmore (6/27/2020)
(South Dakota) -- President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore have angered Native Americans, who view the...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article The Most Critical Fight Against Trump's Border Wall You've Never Heard Of (3/12/2020)
(Texas) -- “We’ve been here thousands of years,” said Isidro Leal, a member of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, or Esto’k Gna, as he...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Google banned “walking” on the sacred mountain in Australia using Street View (9/26/2020)
(Australia) -- The Australian Parks Authority has asked Google to remove images of the top of the indigenous sacred site of Uluru, which allows users to visit the summit...
article As graffiti removed from Tempe Butte, city and tribal leaders ask visitors to respect the sacred area (9/25/2020)
(Arizona) -- Crews are removing graffiti on Tempe Butte that has caused more than $10,000 in damage to the popular recreation area that contains some 500 petroglyphs and...
article In Michigan, rising lake levels disturb sacred ground along Lake Michigan’s shores (9/15/2020)
(Michigan) -- At the shoreline, between lake and land, Melissa Wiatrolik reflects on those who were here before Michigan became Michigan. She had been raised in a...
article Drones find signs of a Native American ‘Great Settlement’ beneath a Kansas pasture (9/10/2020)
(Kansas) -- Specially equipped drones flying over a Kansas cattle ranch have detected the buried remnants of a horseshoe-shaped ditch made more than 400 years ago by...
press release Virtual Field Trip Spotlight: Indian Mounds (9/3/2020)
(Georgia) -- Whether students are learning virtually or in the classroom, GPB Education's virtual field trips are an excellent resource to help them understand...
article In Michigan, Rising Lake Levels Disturb Sacred Ground (9/3/2020)
(Michigan) -- Hemenway had spoken with tribal elders about his work before he began repatriation in 2006. He had asked permission to move the bodies and what to do when...
press release South Texas tribe relocates after securing historic cemeteries next to border wall site (8/25/2020)
(Texas) -- Border-wall contractors have cleared a swath of land just feet from two historic South Texas cemeteries, including one containing the graves of a local Native...
article Native American Culture: Across the Indigenous Lands of the Southwest (8/3/2020)
(Indian Country) -- From New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos to the land of Navajo, the American Southwest is a patchwork of Native Nations.
article Tribal leaders say border wall, Pinal mine continue to threaten sacred sites (6/24/2020)
(Arizona) -- As President Donald Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction Tuesday, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as a...
article Dirt Dumped On Puvungna At Cal State Long Beach Prompts Lawsuit (6/11/2020)
(California) -- Dirt and debris from a Cal State Long Beach residential hall construction site dumped last fall on parts of the 22 acres designated as the historic...
article Bone found at Port of Port Angeles site (6/11/2020)
(California) -- Cranial bone fragments were unearthed at a Port of Port Angeles logging yard during an archaeological survey required for installation of a stormwater...
article Prehistoric W.Va. was not an uninhabited hunting ground (6/11/2020)
(West Virginia) -- When I moved to West Virginia in 2013, just out of grad school and anxious to learn more about the local archaeology, it didn’t take long to be...
article Painted Rock Conservation Area is a look at Native American history (5/21/2020)
(Missouri) -- More than 1,400 acres of beautiful hiking trails, boardwalks, ponds and campsites await at the Painted Rock Conservation Area near Westphalia. The area, 7...
article New Research Confirms a Spanish Fort was Built on Mound Key in the 16th Century (4/28/2020)
(Florida) -- New research published in the journal Historical Archaeology confirms Mound Key in Estero Bay was the location of a Spanish fort historians have long-...
article ‘Mana is strong’ at Etowah Indian Mounds, The Rock posts on Instagram (4/24/2020)
(Georgia) -- Dwayne Johnson, like many others, got back to nature on Earth Day, sharing photos of his visit to Etowah Indian Mounds. "May not look like much in...
article Planned heritage park in Cariboo would damage culturally significant site, First Nation says (4/21/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Plans for a heritage park in B.C.'s Interior have become a source of tension between a heritage society and the Williams Lake Indian Band. The...
article The Secret Sacred Spring in West L.A. (3/30/2020)
(California) -- One of the last surviving Native American sacred springs in all of Los Angeles hides in plain sight. To find it, you must journey to the Westside and...
article The curious case of ancient bear bones at a Mississippi dig site (3/3/2020)
(Mississippi) -- It’s not unusual to find animal bones like deer and fish at pre-contact Native American sites in the Lower Mississippi Valley. But what Penn...
article State reviewing possible artifacts at construction site (2/24/2020)
(Alabama) -- Alabama's preservation agency is investigating whether pottery shards, bone fragments and spearheads found near where a subdivision is being built in...
article New homes in Huntsville being built over possible 1500-year-old Native American burial sites (2/19/2020)
(Alabama) -- State officials are investigating reports that a north Alabama developer is building homes on the site of a Native American village and likely burial site...

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