Protecting Sacred Places

We must act now to keep our sacred places from being destroyed by looting, destructive extractive industry, wars, climate change, and governmental neglect that occurs without our free, prior, and informed consent. Once they are gone, there is no way to reverse this loss.

This Overview of the primary issues surrounding sacred lands protection will help inform our constituents about the main points of our Sacred Places and Cultural Protections Statement:

In January of 2021, President Biden issued a series of Executive Orders and a Memorandum on Tribal Consultation, which prompted the action of a group of Native Nations, Indigenous grassroots efforts, and ceremonial leaders to come together to develop important a Working Statement on Tribal Consultation.

In order to understand what this means, watch the recording of Native Organizers Alliance Briefing on Sacred Places. Honor Keeler (Cherokee), Adjunct Professor at Brown University, an expert on Bears Ears and other sacred sites, gives an important briefing on the state of the struggle to protect our Sacred Places.

Also hear Native Organizers Alliance’s plans to support tribal leaders and local organizers across Indian Country who are on the front lines of protecting their sacred places.

In this moment of self-reflection across the United States and the acknowledgment of past and present injustices inflicted on Native Peoples and our lands without our consent, we invite you to join us in our request that Presidential and Congressional candidates stand with us to protect sacred places and Indigenous ways of life.

Sign our petition to ask that all Presidential, Congressional, Judicial, State, and local candidates commit to these Principles and this very important work of recognizing the rights of Native Nations, traditional societies, ceremonial grounds, ceremonial leaders, and Indigenous Peoples.