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Native America Calling: Legal and cultural barriers derail efforts to protect sacred places
Your National Electronic Talking Circle
Friday, August 27, 2021

Certain hills, mountains, valleys, forests and rivers are among some of the most sacred spaces for Indigenous culture and spirituality. They are included in creation stories.

They include places like Oak Flat, San Francisco Peaks, the Grand Canyon, South Mountain and the Blythe Intaglios. But many of those places are not controlled by tribes.

They fight to protect sacred places from local and federal governments, private landowners and resource development companies. A series of articles by the Arizona Republic finds Western laws about land ownership and what is considered sacred stacks the deck against tribal interests.

Native America Calling will hear about the series and from some of the people who continue to work toward protecting sacred land.

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Note: Thumbnail photo of Mount Graham in the Galiuro Mountains of Arizona by Charles Miles