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USDA Wants to Expand Protection for American Indians’ ‘Sacred Places’ on Public Lands
CNS News ^ | 12/10/2012 | Susan Jones

Posted on 12/10/2012 5:30:09 AM PST by IbJensen

(CNSNews.com) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Dec. 6 released a report that urges the U.S. Forest Service to work more closely with tribal governments in protecting, respectfully interpreting, and giving appropriate access to sites that are sacred to American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

"American Indian and Alaska Native values and culture have made our nation rich in spirit and deserve to be honored and respected," Vilsack said. "By honoring and protecting sacred sites on national forests and grasslands, we foster improved tribal relationships and a better understanding of native people's deep reverence for natural resources and contributions to society."

The report provides Vilsack with information about how U.S. Forest Service is currently protecting American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) sacred sites on federal lands and how USDA and the Forest Service might improve the way those sacred sites are protected.

Among the recommendations is for U.S. Forest Service employees to receive training about tribal history, law, and cultural sensitivities.

The report also recommends expanding the definition of “sacred sites,” which now is limited by executive order to “specific, discrete, narrowly delineated locations” of “religious significance.”

That definition, the report says, “may be too narrow and inconsistent with the AI/AN view of sacredness.” The report said a “broader concept” of “sacred places” should be considered.

"It is our hope that the recommendations contained in this Final Report will lead to meaningful changes in the way AI/AN sacred sites are protected and accessed," the report says.

It is now up to the Agriculture Secretary to move forward with specific policy changes to address the report’s recommendations.

The report released last week is a response to Vilsack’s request in 2010 for the USDA’s Office of Tribal Relations and the USDA’s Forest Service to talk with American Indian and Alaska Native tribal leaders to find out how USDA can do a better job of accommodating and protecting AI/AN sacred sites while simultaneously pursuing the Forest Service’s multiple-use mission.

The appointed team conducted more than 100 meetings or conversations with tribal members; and it also asked for input from Forest Service employees. ‘Reaching a balance’ USDA’s U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of forests and grasslands, which are visited by millions of Americans and foreign tourists -- "each of whom has a different relationship with the land and a different perspective on what activities are appropriate," the report said.

The Forest Service is required by law to administer the national forests for purposes of outdoor recreation, grazing, timber, watershed, and wildlife and fish purposes; to analyze the environmental impacts of its decisions; to protect threatened and endangered species; and to conduct research.

In doing so, the Forest Service is supposed to strike a balance between the public’s needs and desires and the need to protect sacred sites, manage sacred places, and provide for Tribal traditional and cultural practices, the report says. “The protection of sacred sites must be a value we will strive to protect; it cannot be an afterthought or be less than our other values. When sacred sites protection is in conflict with other uses, Forest Service employees must be mindful and creative in reaching for balance."

The report also says: "Economic and recreational drivers are important in land management decision making, but not more or less important than sacred sites concerns. In the past, however, the Forest Service has not always thoroughly considered sacred sites concerns, balanced sacred sites concerns with other values or used its discretion in land management decisions to find creative ways of incorporating protections for sacred sites in its decisions."

‘These voices instruct us’

The report notes that the Forest Service has “fiduciary obligations” to tribes, even though “we know so little about AI/AN (American Indian/Alaskan Native) sacred sites as an agency.”

“It is through the voices of the AI/AN people that we are learning about and affirming the real importance of sacred sites; these voices instruct us."

The reporting team says it heard many concerns from the tribes about the Forest Service’s authorization of recreational activities, including rock climbing, interpretation, outfitting and guiding, and off-highway vehicle use.

“Specifically, we heard numerous concerns with the Forest Service’s decision to allow the use of reclaimed wastewater for creating artificial snow at the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Area in the San Francisco Peaks from many who strongly urged the agency to reverse this decision.”

Native Americans consider the Peaks to be sacred ground, and they say the use of treated sewage to make snow is a desecration. So far, the federal courts have ruled against them.

The Forest Service owns the land where the resort is located.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: evilobamaregime; socialismcommunism; stupidity; usda
Very little real work is done by the agencies of the central socialist government and here we have the USDA sticking it's nose into something that's none of its' damned business. This government is killing America and it appears there's little or nothing to be done due to the large base of loafers and know-nothings that keep this rotten government alive.
1 posted on 12/10/2012 5:30:18 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: All

And another thing. The federales should own NO government land! All should be given to the states in which that land is located.


2 posted on 12/10/2012 5:31:54 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen
This would appear to be the turf of the Department of the Interior. They've done a good job of reducing the numbers and general health of American Indians for decades.
3 posted on 12/10/2012 5:32:34 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: IbJensen
Because the Great Half-White Father in Washington only has their best interests at heart.
4 posted on 12/10/2012 5:33:00 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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To: IbJensen

Of course we know it’s all about the endless growth of a bloated government and the unions.


5 posted on 12/10/2012 5:33:27 AM PST by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: IbJensen

Why is the Forest Service under Agriculture and not Interior?


6 posted on 12/10/2012 5:34:43 AM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: IbJensen
Forest Service to work more closely with tribal governments in protecting, respectfully interpreting, and giving appropriate access to sites that are sacred to American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

Woo, woo, woo! Wait a minute. 'Sacred', as in pertaining to a religious purpose. Where's the lawsuit from the Freedom from Religion group?

7 posted on 12/10/2012 5:35:25 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: NonValueAdded

Dotted lines run all over the ‘disorganization’ chart utilized by the Bronco Bama regime. There is no control and there is no proper functioning central socialist government.

America would have a military coup takever, but all the generals are political disfunctional arse wipes.


8 posted on 12/10/2012 5:40:48 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

Why do I doubt that the federal government really has Indians best interests at heart?


9 posted on 12/10/2012 5:51:44 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: IbJensen

More Casinos!


10 posted on 12/10/2012 5:51:49 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: IbJensen

Fact Checker sez: Native Americans, AKA “Savages” were known to run entire herds of buffalo over cliffs.

That’s correct - the entire herd!

Whites were amazed that the smell could gag them from a distance of many miles.

Don’t forget the ‘Native American skill at ‘club and sharp stone’ warfare as a continuous state of affairs.

Cannibalism - don’t forget cannibalism.

Did I mention Native Americans were expert torturers?


11 posted on 12/10/2012 5:52:17 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: IbJensen

“We love our Tonto...!”

I gotta admit that sounds pretty good, but this is probably just more BS.

In fact lots of very sensitive intelligence work is done on Indian Reservatins, because it’s very hard to info regarding what goes on at all on such lands.

You have some really sensitive facility you don’t want lawyers and presstitutes knowing about? Put it on an Indian Reservation; discovery work there is sorta like suing the King of Lichtenstein —takes years and gobs of money. Tons of moaning and groaning and ya come up with zip.

This is just BS that has the goal of making it easier for Uncle Sugar to get away with hush-hush sneaky stuff and away from our prying eyes.


12 posted on 12/10/2012 5:54:13 AM PST by gaijin
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Don’t forget education:

High School Graduation Rates Low Where Most American Indians, Alaska Natives Live, Report Says

A new national report has found that fewer than 50 percent of Native American Indian and Alaska Native students from the Pacific and Northwest regions of the U. S. graduate from high school. Released on Thursday, “The Dropout/Graduation Crisis Among American Indians and Alaska Native Students: Failure to Respond Places the Future of Native People at Risk” report was conducted by The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

http://diverseeducation.com/article/13555/


13 posted on 12/10/2012 5:55:44 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: GladesGuru

Dont forget slavery, gang rape, attempted genocides, and racism....


14 posted on 12/10/2012 5:55:52 AM PST by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: IbJensen

Has anyone been to the reservations and seen the filth piling up?

Ok not all, but just the ones I have been to in CA, AZ, WA, ID, CO.............

Yeeesh!


15 posted on 12/10/2012 5:57:18 AM PST by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: IbJensen

Has anyone been to the reservations and seen the filth piling up?

Ok not all, but just the ones I have been to in CA, AZ, WA, ID, CO.............

Yeeesh!


16 posted on 12/10/2012 5:57:29 AM PST by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Tribal government means no one owns anything. The ‘tribe” owns the land and any enterprise must be shared with those who don’t help carry the load.


17 posted on 12/10/2012 5:58:22 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Keith Brown
Has anyone been to the reservations and seen the filth piling up?
Yes ... have seen the reservations east of Buffalo NY and could not believe the amount of junk.
18 posted on 12/10/2012 6:05:20 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: IbJensen

But...but...but what about that “sacred” separation of church and state bull**** the commie libs are always whining about. Whitey can’t have a “sacred” memorial with a cross honoring American war dead but the NAs can have theirs? BULL****!!!!!


19 posted on 12/10/2012 6:14:09 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (I feel sad for my once great country. We deserve everything that is about to happen to us.)
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To: IbJensen

The US government can honor every religion but Christianity. They pull up every cross on federal land they can find, but the Indian “sacred places” will be cherished.


20 posted on 12/10/2012 6:16:20 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: IbJensen

Partial list of some of the “sacred sites” listed for protection. Many are on private land.

The Glen Cove Shellmound site in Vallejo, California, known to the Ohlone Peoples as Sogorea Te;

Black Mesa, sacred homelands of the Dine’ (Navajo) and Hopi Peoples;

The Mound temples and historic villages of the Muscogee in Mississippi;

The Traditional Ceremonial lands of the Karuk in northern California;

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, known to the Gwich’in as “the sacred place where life begins”;

Red Butte, a sacred place to the Havasupai, threatened by uranium mining;

Eagle Rock, a spiritual site threatened by a nickel and copper sulfide mine;

The Sacred Headwaters of northern British Colombia, threatened by coalbed methane gas developments

Teztan Biny, also in British Colombia, which may be soon turned into a mine waste dump site.

Tsankui Theda, a sacred site to the Denesoline of Lutsel K’e/Kache Dene First Nation, and many other tribes, threatened by a proposed Hydro Expansion project;

The San Francisco Peaks, held sacred by over 13 Indigenous Nations;

The sacred Cherokee site of Kituwah, threatened by a new electrical station;

The Shoshone Spiritual site of Mount Tenabo, threatened by an open pit gold mine;

Mount Graham and Apache Leap, sacred to the San Carlos Apache;

Several Sacred sites and burial grounds within the Porcupine Provincial Forest in Saskatchewan;

Several Haudenosuanee burial mounds in Toronto’s High Park, threatened by development and recreational activities;

The Sutter Buttes of Northern California, sacred to the Maidu and Wintun;

The McCloud River Watershed, sacred to the Winnemem Wintu;
Ancient Haudenosuanee Burial Mounds in Toronto’s High Park, threatened by development and recreational activities

The sacred sites of the O’odham, threatened by a new freeway project.


21 posted on 12/10/2012 6:20:36 AM PST by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

I poop on their “sacred” land. All this is is another reason to limit public access and use of “public” land.


22 posted on 12/10/2012 6:25:08 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: IbJensen
Any bets on whether someone wanting to drill an oil or gas well on private land will suddenly have the medicine man show up demanding some cash for drilling on their sacred land?

And don't forget this little bit of news: Moonbound Ashes Offend Tribes.(New Mexico & Metro)

Yes, the entire freaking moon was declared a sacred place for the Indians.

23 posted on 12/10/2012 6:32:50 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: IbJensen
Specifically, we heard numerous concerns with the Forest Service’s decision to allow the use of reclaimed wastewater for creating artificial snow at the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Area in the San Francisco Peaks from many who strongly urged the agency to reverse this decision

"Reclaimed wastewater"?

How "reclaimed" is it?

Has it been treated, or are they going to spray "snow" on the hills which will make the grass grow greener than ever in the spring?

(Don't ski on yellow snow!)

24 posted on 12/10/2012 7:17:36 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Keith Brown
Dont forget slavery, gang rape, attempted genocides, and racism....

Who's sins are you referring to?

Reality: Every race has been guilty, none is without sin. Just some quit sooner than others, and then not all quit.

25 posted on 12/10/2012 7:20:52 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: KarlInOhio
Any bets on whether someone wanting to drill an oil or gas well on private land will suddenly have the medicine man show up demanding some cash for drilling on their sacred land?

Archoeological surveys are mandatory for any proposed drill site and access road right of way on BLM land, and have been that way for years.

I have no problem with American Indians having sacred sites, nor with them having them on Public Land, but I am seeing a pattern in a list posted above. The war on extracting our own resources continues.

American Indians would be wise to remember that what the Government has taken, it will take again if it wants to. Beware of the Great Mulatto Father: he speaks with forked teleprompter.

26 posted on 12/10/2012 7:26:35 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: hal ogen

If it is Federal Land, access is already limited, and use of resources severely controlled or barred. Poop in your own yard, if you can’t use a toilet.


27 posted on 12/10/2012 7:28:46 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: IbJensen

How about protecting Christian “sacred places”!


28 posted on 12/10/2012 8:30:24 AM PST by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: artichokegrower

So, the “Sacred Indian Burial Grounds” schtik has run it’s course, now it is the “Sacred Places” schtik.


29 posted on 12/10/2012 8:58:46 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: upcountryhorseman

Like Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land.


30 posted on 12/10/2012 1:29:29 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: GladesGuru
Native Americans, AKA “Savages” were known to run entire herds of buffalo over cliffs.

I was wrong. I thought Bronco Bama was a Kenyan.

31 posted on 12/10/2012 1:32:15 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Because this evil central socialist government and the emperor are our worst enemies!

12. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

11. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

10. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

9. I voted Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

8. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.

7. I voted Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

6. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits, and we should take away the social security from those who paid into it.

5. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

4. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

3. I voted Democrat because I think that it’s better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, gopher or fish.

2. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised “HOPE AND CHANGE”.

And, finally, the No. 1 reason I voted Democrat:

1. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my rectal cavity, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of view.”


32 posted on 12/10/2012 1:34:41 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

All true. Especially No. 1.


33 posted on 12/10/2012 2:10:47 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

my mom is an english professor at a tribal college. She was told by the administration that her course was too tough. She was using the same course work that she used as an 8th grade course she had taught before. If she wouldnt have used a curve her entire class would have failed.


34 posted on 12/11/2012 7:18:05 AM PST by Docbarleypop
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To: IbJensen

This is Agenda 21


35 posted on 12/11/2012 7:20:04 AM PST by Truth2012
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To: Docbarleypop

Lowered expectations do not help students. Sad.


36 posted on 12/11/2012 7:27:07 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Smokin' Joe

The indian’s of course.

I mess with the liberal on this all the time.


37 posted on 12/12/2012 6:05:43 AM PST by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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