Thursday, September 08, 2011

Stand for the Land: Ho-Chunk elders petition EPA for protection of Eagle Rock

From Stand for the Land:
Posted Sept. 8, 2011

On August 31, 2011, members of the Ho-Chunk tribal court and other elders sent a letter to EPA’s Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, stating their belief that the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Assessment involving the sacred site known as Eagle Rock, omitted key considerations.

They contend that the consultation process should have involved all Chippewa tribes, not just the Lake Superior group, and that it should have taken into consideration the significance of the site to indigenous peoples who occupied the region before the Chippewa.

A 2010 Resolution adopted by the National Council of American Indians notes that "Eagle Rock has been linked to ancient ceremonial sites in Wisconsin and Montana by local tribal history and more recently by exhaustive research and on-site surveys…"

The letter also states that the Act was not properly administered by the Michigan DEQ, since the State regulatory agency determined that Eagle Rock was not a place of worship because it did not have a building on it. ...

Click here to read the rest of this article on Stand for the Land, which has links to the letter and the resolution.

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