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Recommendation 5: Protect sacred sites


Sacred sites on federal lands do not receive adequate protection by federal agencies. In addition, tribes are often unjustly restricted from using these sites to fulfill their needs, despite federal mandates to the contrary. Although sacred sites have been protected for tribal use under the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act, failure to manage these resources in accordance with tribal requests creates unnecessary conflicts among tribes, agencies, and other user groups.


To reduce conflicts on public lands over the regulation, protection and use of sacred tribal sites.