Facilitating Shifts in Attitudes About Protecting Native American Sacred Places by Chris Koeppel, Assistant Director, USDA Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations

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USDA Forest Service
Facilitating Shifts in Attitudes
About Protecting Native
American Sacred Places
National Environmental Justice Conference and
Training Program
Chris Koeppel, Assistant Director
USDA Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations
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Consultation/Collaboration
Treaties and Other Rights
Cultural Resources
Natural Resources
Programmatic Integration
Collaborative Efforts
Key Tribal Relations Initiatives
Across the Entire Agency
Focus on partnerships
Cross-boundary ecosystem management,
cultural resources management, adaptation to
climate change, green energy, cultural
continuity, and economic development
Protecting Sacred Sites
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USDA FS Sacred Sites Policy
Accommodate access to and
ceremonial use of Indian sacred
sites by Indian religious
practitioners
Avoid adversely affecting the
physical integrity of such sacred
sites
Maintain the confidentiality of
sacred sites where appropriate
Implement procedures to carry out
these provisions
Ensure reasonable notice is provided
of proposed actions that may
restrict future access to or
ceremonial use of, or adversely
affect the physical integrity of sacred
sites
What is an Indian Sacred Site?
Any location on federal land that is
identified by an Indian tribe to be
sacred by virtue of its established
religious significance to, or
ceremonial use by, an Indian
religion (EO 13007).
We expand the EO definition to
include landscapes, features and
locations.
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