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ACHP Participates in Panel Discussion on Indigenous Sacred Sites at United Nations

NEW YORK – Office of Native American Affairs Director Valerie Hauser participated August 18, 2014, in a panel discussion "Protecting and Preserving Indigenous Sacred Sites" at the invitation of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and the Navajo Nation.

ACHP participation in the session resulted from the agency’s many years of involvement with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiians in Section 106 consultations and related matters under the National Historic Preservation Act, increasing interest in traditional cultural landscapes, and notably the agency’s precedent-setting adoption of a plan to support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"The ACHP is aware of the threats to sacred places throughout the U.S. and has been working with its preservation partners for many years to improve the protection of these places," Hauser said. "It is also important for state and local governments and the general public to understand the importance of these special places to indigenous peoples, so we will be reaching out beyond the preservation community to raise awareness."

In addition to Hauser, participants in the panel included the moderator, Terri Robl, Minister Counselor,  U.S. Mission to the United Nations ; Jonathan Hale, Navajo Nation Council Delegate; and, June Lorenzo, Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment.

The panel discussion was a side event to the President of the General Assembly’s informal consultations with indigenous peoples on the “zero draft” document to be presented for negotiation at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples taking place September 22-23, 2014 at the U.N.

Posted August 21, 2014