The key words here are, the "protection of" and "access". If we follow the recent defeat of American Indian tribes in northern Arizona regarding the well know Traditional Cultural Property, known as the San Francisco Peaks, north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Where the United States government via the US Forest Service fought on behalf of a private corporation against American Indian tribes to not allow the protection of the whole peaks, but just the sacred area(s) and allow limited access to American Indians, to just the sacred area. You see where this is going? Now if you throw in the recently appointed Lynne Sebastian, who also fought California Indian tribe(s) on behalf of a private corporation, on the same note of so called Traditional Cultural Properties. American Indian will once again be on the losing end of the court battles, where these sort of matters are now decided, not some council or declarations. One court battle after another is all that is occurring and will occur, till the current diminishing dominant race, can actually grasp the concept of what American Indian consider sacred. Not just a spot that can be fenced off and protected.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 12:13