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Jul 11
Jul 11

Insist the Federal Government take action!

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UPDATE: DEC. 11: Finally!!! They have release the final report on Sacred Sites. If you read the final report you will see that all those that took part in this action were heard loud and clear! Thank you for participating. Never underestimate the power of a letter to the right people. If you did not participate, please read the report and consider contacting Tom Vilsack to ask him to make good on the report results. (good idea even if you did participate).

READ THE FINAL REPORT: http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/tribalrelations/documents/sacredsites/SacredSitesFinalReportDec2012.pdf

Read Tom Vilsack's (very hollow) Blog post about the report: http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/12/06/secretary-vilsack-addresses-white-house-tribal-nations-conference-unveils-sacred-sites-report/#more-43547

The president also gave a really empty speech that seems to say that he plans to enculturate every Native he can. I think he thinks the American Dream is something we all still want... you decide:

 

UPDATE. DEC. 1 -- THEY DID NOT EVEN PUT OUT A FINAL REPORT LAST WINTER AS PLANNED, YOU SHOULD KEEP CALLING/WRITING THEM ALL! Contact info is below!

The USDA is currently trying to keep Obama from looking like an ass in a headdress and have put forth some effort to "listen to the tribes" about sacred sites issues in this country. This report does hold promise in that if pushed hard enough, they may actually make a recommendation to take action (you will see that step glaringly missing). But be forewarned, the report is like the best lies out there... filled with truth to prop up the lie. Lets point out those truths a bit louder and then demand some action...

Here is a link to download the draft report: Sacred Sites Draft Report (pdf)

Comments should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here is their webpage, shoing the ball dropping:
http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/tribalrelations/sacredsites.shtml

Hard copy comments should be sent to:

USDA Forest Service
Office of Tribal Relations
Attn: Ericka Luna
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20250–1160

 

Then call or email President Obama and let him know how important it is that he intervene in this matter.

Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Comments: 202-456-1111

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Below is the letter that was provided along with the report you can read at the link above. It is gripping reading to be sure and smacks of the new style PC fascism that looks so happy nice on the surface. Lets break that frame and demand action. And please be sure to note to them that their poster child (the campaign to save the peaks) had 100,000 trees cut down while they reported they wanted to "listen."

Please provide them picture examples from my before and after albums: Before | After

==== Copied from USDA letter======

Hello,
This is to inform you and the members of your organization that the U.S. Forest Service and USDA have released the official Draft Report to the Secretary regarding Sacred Sites policies and procedures on National Forest System land (attached).  This report was developed based on what we heard at listening sessions all over the country, as well as letters, emails, and other input.  We now seek your review and input on the recommendations for policy changes described in the Report.  Please provide any input on this Draft Report you may have before November, 2011.

Specifically, we would like you to tell us:

Did we represent in the report your concerns, as well as your ideas for modified Sacred Sites policies and procedures?

Do you have ideas on how to enhance the recommendations in the report?

(editor's note: I do, you could stop all this lip service... as you were writing this report, the San Francisco Peaks that were mentioned throughout your document were razed of over 100,000 trees. Much of it was Old Growth with 40" DBH sizes, so while you say you want to listen, I think it is more important that you hear and act... you missed the boat on this one).

Please contact us at this email address, or contact any of the people listed below, for more information, for a hard copy of the report, or to set up a meeting to discuss the Draft Report's recommendations.  You may also visit

http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/tribalrelations/sacredsites.shtml

Thank you so much, and we look forward to hearing from you on how we can best improve this draft report and recommendations on Forest Service and USDA policies and procedures regarding Sacred Sites.

Respectfully,
The Sacred Sites Team

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For more information, contact:

Fred Clark, Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations, 202–205–1514

FOREST SERVICE REGIONAL TRIBAL RELATIONS PROGRAM MANAGERS

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Juneau, AK                  Lillian Petershoare          907.586.7089 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Hard copy comments should be sent to:

USDA Forest Service
Office of Tribal Relations
Attn: Ericka Luna
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20250–1160
Written by Rudy Preston