More: sacred sites

Jacqueline Keeler: The fight to protect Indigenous sacred sites
Jacqueline Keeler: The fight to protect Indigenous sacred sites (April 22, 2019)

An Indigenous journalist reflects on the 800-year-old cathedral and what 'sacred' means to her.


Witness list for Congressional field hearing on sacred sites and energy development
Witness list for Congressional field hearing on sacred sites and energy development (April 15, 2019)

Pueblo and Navajo leaders are testifying about the need to protect ancestral lands in New Mexico.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


Cronkite News: Telescope on sacred Apache site used for black hole project
Cronkite News: Telescope on sacred Apache site used for black hole project (April 11, 2019)

Eight telescopes around the world, including one on sacred Mount Graham in Arizona, were used to capture the first images of a black hole.


'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump
'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump (April 9, 2019)

With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on ancestral territory.


Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior
Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior (April 4, 2019)

The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky at the Department of the Interior.


Native Sun News Today: Ceremony welcomes Thunder Beings back home
Native Sun News Today: Ceremony welcomes Thunder Beings back home (March 28, 2019)

The ceremony takes place during the Spring Equinox, and begins with Lakota spiritual leaders who have been visiting this sacred mountain for generations.


For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line'
For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line' (March 19, 2019)

Life was already difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.


Rep. Deb Haaland: Indigenous peoples are under attack in Donald Trump's America
Rep. Deb Haaland: Indigenous peoples are under attack in Donald Trump's America (March 18, 2019)

We must stand up against toxic rhetoric and brutal attacks on the rights of indigenous peoples.


Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable
Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable (March 14, 2019)

President Trump's decision to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument is harming tribal sites, members of Congress were told.


The Revelator: Tribes without recognition struggle to protect their heritage
The Revelator: Tribes without recognition struggle to protect their heritage (March 12, 2019)

Many tribes still lack legal recognition and struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and the environment.


Cronkite News: Apache Stronghold continues annual walk to sacred site
Cronkite News: Apache Stronghold continues annual walk to sacred site (February 15, 2019)

A sacred Apache site is being threatened by a huge mining project in Arizona.


Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee
Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee (January 30, 2019)

The House Committee on Natural Resources has a new vice chair and it's a Native person for the first time in history.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes acquire land at sacred Bear Butte
Native Sun News Today: Tribes acquire land at sacred Bear Butte (January 14, 2019)

Members of the Northern Cheyenne, Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes received a wonderful holiday gift that will benefit generations to come.


Cronkite News: Ancestral tribal sites threated by copper mine
Cronkite News: Ancestral tribal sites threated by copper mine (December 11, 2018)

Tribal monitors are helping collect data on culturally significant sites that are facing an uncertain future in Arizona.


Tribes and organizations seek respect for cultural and sacred items
Tribes and organizations seek respect for cultural and sacred items (December 6, 2018)

There is a long history of looting and stealing Indian burials and important cultural and sacred patrimony.


Hopi Tribe loses challenge to use of wastewater at sacred site
Hopi Tribe loses challenge to use of wastewater at sacred site (November 29, 2018)

A ski resort on public land uses reclaimed sewage to make snow on sacred land.


High Country News: Parks director fired over bulldozing of sensitive sites
High Country News: Parks director fired over bulldozing of sensitive sites (November 28, 2018)

'Basically, we’re kind of outraged,' the chairman of the Chemehuevi Tribe said in response to possible destruction of cultural sites.


Another Indian Country organization undergoes change
Another Indian Country organization undergoes change (October 17, 2018)

The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers is searching for a new leader following the departure of its long-serving president.


Trump administration bans new mining on land near Yellowstone
Trump administration bans new mining on land near Yellowstone (October 11, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is protecting one area of Montana as the Blackfeet Nation calls on him to protect another.


Judge restores drilling leases on sacred Blackfeet Nation land
Judge restores drilling leases on sacred Blackfeet Nation land (September 26, 2018)

A decades-long fight to protect sacred Blackfeet Nation land continues in the federal courts.


Border wall called threat to tribal sovereignty in new report
Border wall called threat to tribal sovereignty in new report (September 17, 2018)

The wall along the U.S. border with Mexico has damaged and destroyed sacred sites, according to a new report.


George Nicholas: Protecting Indigenous heritage around the world
George Nicholas: Protecting Indigenous heritage around the world (September 11, 2018)

We urgently need a set of practical guidelines for addressing and preventing heritage loss by Indigenous peoples.


'I love Indian Country': John McCain's long history in Indian policy
'I love Indian Country': John McCain's long history in Indian policy (September 7, 2018)

Despite times of tension, Native leaders and colleagues describe the late John McCain as a firm advocate for tribal rights.


Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears
Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears (August 30, 2018)

The Trump administration continues to dismantle the Bears Ears National Monument despite objections from tribes.


Mark Trahant: John McCain and his legacy in Indian Country
Mark Trahant: John McCain and his legacy in Indian Country (August 27, 2018)

John McCain is remembered as a patriot and a hero by many in Indian Country.


'Our home place': Tribes look to protect Black Hills
'Our home place': Tribes look to protect Black Hills (August 21, 2018)

Rising through the Great Plains are the Black Hills, a historic and sacred region for many tribes.


Rosalyn LaPier: Feeling the power of tribal sacred sites
Rosalyn LaPier: Feeling the power of tribal sacred sites (August 14, 2018)

Historically, Native American tribes have struggled to explain why certain landscapes are sacred for them.


'That's a big screwup': Federal agency exposed tribal sites in drilling report
'That's a big screwup': Federal agency exposed tribal sites in drilling report (July 18, 2018)

Federal officials mistakenly published confidential information about cliff dwellings, spiritual structures, rock art and other Native sites in Utah.


Tribal opposition leads to decision against geothermal development
Tribal opposition leads to decision against geothermal development (June 15, 2018)

A portion of the Santa Fe National Forest has been closed to geothermal development in order to protect tribal sacred sites.


Tim Giago: Try to see America through the eyes of a Native American
Tim Giago: Try to see America through the eyes of a Native American (June 11, 2018)

When you see a statue or sign that is supposed to evoke a feeling of American patriotism in your heart, think of how an indigenous person might look at the same thing.


A 'dark period' in American history: Repatriation committee gets back on track
A 'dark period' in American history: Repatriation committee gets back on track (May 23, 2018)

The Trump administration has finally announced new advocates for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push
Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push (May 22, 2018)

Tribal leaders are endorsing a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing energy development on their ancestral lands in New Mexico.


Native Sun News Today: Drilling resumes near sacred site in Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Drilling resumes near sacred site in Black Hills (May 11, 2018)

Canadian gold prospectors resume drilling near sacred Pe’ Sla after securing an alternative water supply for their operations.


Native Sun News Today: Tourist town denies water to gold prospectors in Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Tourist town denies water to gold prospectors in Black Hills (May 2, 2018)

'Money isn’t everything to us. We are about the water and that we service the needs of our people that pay for it.'


Native Sun News Today: Mining near sacred site has 'torn up' roadway
Native Sun News Today: Mining near sacred site has 'torn up' roadway (April 24, 2018)

Gold prospectors are drilling on land adjacent to Pe’ Sla in the Black Hills, a sacred site held in trust for tribes.


Angelo Baca: Bears Ears faces serious threat under the Trump administration
Angelo Baca: Bears Ears faces serious threat under the Trump administration (April 18, 2018)

Bears Ears is at the center of a critical discussion around Indigenous rights and protection of sacred sites and traditional uses in the United States.


Chelsey Luger: Five places to explore indigenous history in America
Chelsey Luger: Five places to explore indigenous history in America (April 11, 2018)

This may be a young nation, but its Indigenous history is ancient, measured in tens of thousands of years.


Taiaiake Alfred: Reclaim the sacred spaces of our traditional territories
Taiaiake Alfred: Reclaim the sacred spaces of our traditional territories (April 10, 2018)

Let’s re-experience our homelands the way our ancestors did and regenerate that culture


Tim Mentz: New FCC policy sacrifices our sacred sites for monetary gain
Tim Mentz: New FCC policy sacrifices our sacred sites for monetary gain (April 4, 2018)

The cultural history of indigenous nations has been chapter upon chapter of defending our rights against corporate America.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe slams 'DAPL-type' project
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe slams 'DAPL-type' project (April 3, 2018)

Concerns about pollution and damage to sacred sites prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to demand consultation on fracking activities in treaty territory.


Native Sun News Today: Forest Service plan aims to protect Lakota sacred sites
Native Sun News Today: Forest Service plan aims to protect Lakota sacred sites (March 29, 2018)

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is seeking to protect an area in South Dakota that includes petroglyph and sacred sites.


Tribes object as Trump appointees 'streamline' interests of wireless industry
Tribes object as Trump appointees 'streamline' interests of wireless industry (March 20, 2018)

Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission are poised to 'streamline' the interests of the wireless industry despite strong objections from Indian Country.


Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site
Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site (March 14, 2018)

Republicans are reaching back to the Obama administration to justify a bill that prevents any changes to the namesake of Devils Tower National Monument.


Republican bill blunts Native efforts to change name at sacred site
Republican bill blunts Native efforts to change name at sacred site (March 9, 2018)

Republican lawmakers are once again trying to protect the namesake of Devils Tower National Monument even though tribal leaders and advocates have called for change.


Tribal elders prepare appeal in bulldozing of burial grounds in Oregon
Tribal elders prepare appeal in bulldozing of burial grounds in Oregon (March 5, 2018)

Three tribal elders are planning an appeal in order to hold the federal government accountable for bulldozing a sacred site in Oregon.


Hopi Tribe continues battle against use of wastewater at sacred site
Hopi Tribe continues battle against use of wastewater at sacred site (March 1, 2018)

The Hopi Tribe has won the right to sue a ski resort whose operators are using reclaimed sewage in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.


Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 29, 2018)

Tribal leaders with connections to the Bears Ears National Monument are finally getting their say on Capitol Hill amid efforts to erode protections on their ancestral lands.


Native Sun News Today: Groups lose fight for water near sacred Mato Tipila
Native Sun News Today: Groups lose fight for water near sacred Mato Tipila (January 26, 2018)

Conservation groups lost what they considered a battle for groundwater, land and cultural resources near Mato Tipila on January 19, when a federal appeals court here denied their pleadings over licensing of a uranium mine and mill near the sacred site.


Native Sun News Today: Gold mine near sacred site takes step forward
Native Sun News Today: Gold mine near sacred site takes step forward (January 25, 2018)

A Canadian company is moving forward with a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe’ Sla.


The Conversation: Threats to Bears Ears and sacred places violate human rights
The Conversation: Threats to Bears Ears and sacred places violate human rights (December 18, 2017)

Legal and policy frameworks in both the U.S. and Canada fail to reflect emerging norms related to Indigenous legal and cultural traditions and human rights.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills (December 11, 2017)

Great Plains tribal leaders, at a meeting with U.S. Forest Service personnel on November 21, fired a barrage of constitutional arguments against proposed federal permitting of new gold exploration in the Black Hills.


Blackfeet Nation seeks co-management of area under consideration as monument
Blackfeet Nation seeks co-management of area under consideration as monument (December 7, 2017)

President Donald Trump is being urged to consider a national monument on ancestral Blackfeet Nation land in Montana.


Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans
Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans (November 3, 2017)

Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration to obtain documents about plans for several national monuments, including those supported by tribes.


Navajo Nation Council votes against controversial Grand Canyon development
Navajo Nation Council votes against controversial Grand Canyon development (November 1, 2017)

Plans for the Navajo Nation to develop land near Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona appear to be dead.


President Trump plans to shrink boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument
President Trump plans to shrink boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument (October 27, 2017)

President Donald Trump is once again going against tribal interests with plans to shrink the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Native Sun News Today: Canadian company seeks gold mine in sacred Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Canadian company seeks gold mine in sacred Black Hills (October 26, 2017)

A Canadian company is proposing a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe’ Sla.


Carol Logan: Grand Ronde Tribes owed apology for destruction of our sacred site
Carol Logan: Grand Ronde Tribes owed apology for destruction of our sacred site (October 23, 2017)

Elder Carol Logan: 'What would you do if the government needlessly bulldozed your place of worship?'


Yurok Tribe welcomes introduction of bill to add important lands to reservation
Yurok Tribe welcomes introduction of bill to add important lands to reservation (October 12, 2017)

Support is growing for a bipartisan bill that would restore important lands in California to the Yurok Tribe.


Mountain Protector Prayer Walk calls attention to sacred San Francisco Peaks
Mountain Protector Prayer Walk calls attention to sacred San Francisco Peaks (September 28, 2017)

A prayer walk and run on October 8 will call attention to efforts to protect the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona.