How many laws are on the books to protect Euro-American Grave Sites?
How many companies are allowed to plow over, on, around and through Euro-American cemeteries?
Wal-Mart’s history of destroying sacred sites
last month, the 1,500-year-old sacred and archaeologically significant site was partially demolished during a taxpayer-funded economic development project, with the excavated dirt to be used as fill for construction of a Sam’s Club, a retail warehouse store owned by Wal-Mart.
National Parks Conservation Association to place the monument among America’s most endangered national parks.
federal laws designed to protect sacred and archaeologically significant sites. They include the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978, the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, President Clinton’s Executive Order on Indian Sacred Sites, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
But a fact sheet on sacred sites [pdf] prepared by the Morning Star Institute for the Coalition to Protect Native American Sacred Places during 2002 hearings by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs points out there are no existing legal protections for certain sacred places — and “none that provide a specific cause of action to defend sacred places against desecration or destruction.”