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ACHP Leaders Participate in White House Tribal Nations Conference

Chairman Leonard Forsman (far left) and ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson (back row, far right) are joined by tribal leaders and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (front row, third from right) and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn (front row, third from left) during the White House Tribal Nations ConferenceACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, and Native American Member Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, participated in the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. Dec. 2-3.

Donaldson served as moderator for the Protecting Our Future: The Environment, Natural and Cultural Resources breakout session on Dec. 2 and as a panelist for the same breakout session on Dec. 3. Forsman and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy served as co-moderators for the breakout session on Dec. 3. The panels for both sessions heard many concerns from tribal leaders and youth ambassadors about the protection of sacred places among other issues. Chairman Donaldson was proud to serve in a capacity that directly supports the Administration’s work in Indian Country.

It is noteworthy that the President, in his remarks on Dec. 3, made a commitment to tribal leaders to protect their sacred lands for future generations. This commitment further bolsters the ACHP’s ongoing work to protect Native sacred sites.

On Dec. 1, in advance of the Tribal Nations Conference, Donaldson and Forsman hosted a roundtable discussion with tribal leaders about their concerns regarding cultural preservation issues in general and the protection of sacred sites, in particular.

Posted December 7, 2014