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Preservation of America's fragile & dwindling collection of Native stoneworks

 

Official Neglect in the Northeast:

A November 1998 analysis of the over 8,000 National Register of Historic Places listings for the six New England states revealed only one Native American stone construction.  Other Native-associated listings were present, but woefully small in number:

New England National Register listings

All

Native Churches % Native
CT 1,306 19 57 1.45
MA 3,602 12 156 0.33
ME 1,295 102 118 7.88
NH 630 6 46 0.95
RI 645 29 48 4.50
VT 589 4 32 0.68
totals 8,067 172 457 2.13
(%) 2.13 5.67

Native Americans have resided in this region for many thousands of years, yet only one stone construction attributed to them has been deemed worthy of official recognition and protection.  Almost all the Native-associated listings are archaeological sites, evidence only of residence.  Contrast the one Native sacred construction with the 457 churches listed on the register.

With some exceptions, this sad situation exists elsewhere in America.  The recognition and preservation of the Anasazi stone constructions is an exception to this official neglect.  In California, as in the Northeast, there is almost no official acknowledgement of the presence of Native stone ruins.  Each year that passes by witnesses the destruction of more stone constructions. 


LINKS -

Indian Burial and Sacred Grounds Watch: http://www.ibsgwatch.imagedjinn.com/index.htm

National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers:  http://www.nathpo.org/

California and Southwestern antiquities Statutes, Regulations,
Policies, Agency Advice & Assistance: http://www.swanet.org/laws.html

Connectictut statutes:  Link

Washington State Laws:  http://www.ibsgwatch.imagedjinn.com/learn/washingtonlaw.htm

COURT PROTECTS NATIVE AMERICAN SACRED SITE  http://lotusinthemud.typepad.com/sujatin/2004/10/court_protects_.html

Sacred Land Film Project http://www.sacredland.org/

Federal and State Protected Sites, Preserved Sites and others: http://www.ibsgwatch.imagedjinn.com/learn/learn2.htm#parksandculture

Federal NAGPRA standards for dealing with cairns, etc.: http://www.usbr.gov/recman/lnd/lnd10-01.htm

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