Researching Native American Religion and Sacred Places

Action Plan to Implement the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Interagency Coordination and Collaboration for the Protection of Indian Sacred Sites March 5, 2013 (Departments of Defense, the Interior, Agriculture, and Energy, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation)

National Sacred Places Prayer Days (Morning Star Institute) One week every June, events are organized across the country to offer prayer for endangered sacred places.

Fact Sheet: Protection of Native American Sacred Places (U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) Prepared for the Coalition to Protect Native American Sacred Places by the Morning Star Institute. Provides a definition of Native American sacred lands and facts about the history and current laws regarding sacred place protection.

Kennewick Man Virtual Interpretive Center (Tri-City Herald, Associated Press, and other wire services) Among information about the Kennewick Man case, this website includes links to digital copies of relevant legal documents and news stories.

National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers "NATHPO's overarching purpose is to support the preservation, maintenance and revitalization of the culture and traditions of Native peoples of the United States." Provides publications about NAGPRA, tribal tourism, tribal museums, information about relevant state and tribal laws, and more.

See current Indian Law Bulletin News Topic on Sacred Places as well as archived news articles on the topic.

See information in the National Indain Law Library catalog on this topic.


Resources in print:

"Challenges to sacred site protection," by Rebecca Tsosie, 83 Denv. U. L. Rev. 963.

Cohen's handbook of federal Indian law : 2012 edition.

"Old ground and new directions at sacred sites on the western landscape," by Kristen A. Carpenter, 83 Denv. U. L. Rev. 981.

Repatriation and Reburial

National NAGPRA Database - (National Park Service, National Center for Cultural Resources). Laws, regulations, guidance, tribal contacts.

Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, 2007 Amendment documents - (Native American Rights Fund). Briefing paper on Senate Bill 2087, testimony, and more.

NAGPRA and the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation - Information about the bureau's activities with regard to this act; includes links to inventory notices.

Native American Repatriation & Reburial: a Bibliography - (Stanford University). Compiled by Barb Bocek, Stanford archaeologist, 1992.

State Repatriation, Reburial, and Grave Protection Laws - State Burial Laws Project, American University, Washington College of Law.

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