Welcome to the Indian Burial and Sacred Grounds Watch
Recommended: Click here to learn what is on this web site and where
LINKS TO NEWS AND CAMPAIGNS CONCERNING:
MD – Slaves’ Graves, Indian Site At Heart of Land Dispute — (24 April 2003)
MORE IN THE SITES SECTION and NEWS ARCHIVE
Native News Online now has a search page for state level Indian/tribal legislation at:
For NAGPRA specific updates and an ability to draw up
Visit the Leoard Peltier Defence Committee website
To become a member of the Indian Burial Grounds Action Group
“dedicated to issues relevant to Indian Burial Grounds and their Protection”
go to groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianBurialGroundsActionGroup.
What is on this site and where
- MISSION STATEMENT
The Mission Statement.
This section gives, ordered by state, sites which are actively endangered, inactive sites, and closed cases. Follow the links to interior pages to learn more about the specific sites, the latest news on them, and how to help. This, as with the updates page, may only be as comprehensive as the webmaster’s resources and limited knowledge permits them to be. Those who believe this web site might be a helpful tool for their particular organization or concern can help by sending news to the webmaster of endangered sites and concerns and updates related to them.
In the Learn section will be found:
- Federal Laws: Information on NAGPRA (the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and links pertaining to NAGPRA. Also here is information concerning controversy over NAGPRA. Also on this page are links to information on the 1996 24 May, Executive Order 13007 concerning Indian Sacred Sites; Indian Tribes and the Section 106 Review Process; and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.
- State Laws: Look here for available information on State Laws concerning burial grounds.
- Some Preserved Sites: Grouped by state are Indian burial grounds or Indian mounds listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and others. Links take to the onsite state pages where further information is had on the sites, along with links to parks, pictures and other resources. Also here is a page for Other Mounds Found in Archaeological Manuscripts. And because, for some, “preservation” doesn’t entail the transformation of a burial ground into a tourist attraction, there is also the subsection Not a Tourist Trap.
- Some History and Culture: Here are largely links to offsite pages on Mississippian Culture.
- Controversies Concerning Archaeology: There is concern over whether “safe” archaeology exists. Here are articles or links to articles on the debate.
- American Indian Voices: American Indians on the issues.
- Relevant News Items: Look for relevant news items here grouped by year and state.
On the Action page will be found:
- Online Petitions: Gives info on the where and how of constructing an online petition.
- State Government, State Web Sites, State Historical Societies, Office of the State Archaeologist:The information here is grouped by state. When you need the names of state officials, county commissioners etc., look at this section. The information on the State Government links is as up-to-date as the State makes it. Use State Web Site pages to find information such as newspapers, if they are online, and where to write a letter to the editor. State Archaeologists can answer questions regaring laws. There may also be maps in these link areas.
- State Historic Preservation Officers and other Preservation Organizations: Tribal Preservation Officer links and Cultural Resource Mapping links are also here.
- Federal: Search engines for if you need to look up legislative information etc.
Links to preservation and repatriation organizations; online news, commentary and misc. resources; Indian nations; tribal organizations and more.
Contact information for the Indian Burial and Sacred Grounds Watch web site.
The IBSGWATCH web site is intended to enhance access to and dissemination of information on causes concerned with Indian burial and sacred grounds. The goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will correct them.
IBSGWATCH is an outgrowth of IBGAG but is independent and not affiliated with any particular group or organization mentioned on these pages. Burial and Sacred Grounds issues on this site are addressed by a variety of organizations and groups; this does not infer or imply any affiliation between the different organizations and groups listed unless explicitly stated. The opinions stated and actions taken by various groups are not necessarily shared or supported by IBSGWATCH or other groups and organizations connected with burial and sacred ground issues presented on this site.