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Interagency Coordination and Collaboration for the Protection of Indian Sacred Sites

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On December 5, 2012, five Federal agencies (the Departments of Defense, the Interior, Agriculture, Energy, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to improve the protection of and Indian access to sacred sites through interagency coordination and collaboration. The following report provides an update on the agencies’ progress in implementing the MOU.

To meet the requirements of the memorandum, interagency teams will gather information, evaluate resources, and develop recommendations and additional tools that will enhance agency protection of Indian sacred sites.

Latest Updates


Kathryn Isom-Clause, Chair
Counselor to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs
Department of the Interior

A. Joseph Sarcinella V, Esq.
Senior Advisor & Liaison for Native American Affairs
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Department of Defense

Leslie Wheelock
Director, Office of Tribal Relations
Office of the Secretary
Department of Agriculture

David Conrad
Director of Intergovernmental and Tribal Affairs
Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
Department of Energy

Valerie Hauser
Director, Office of Native American Affairs
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Last modified: 12:51:05 23-Sep-2015