5/3/2011 Indian Country Today: USDA Rules Changes Could Affect San Francisco Peaks’ Wastewater Ruling
5/3/2011 Indian Country Today By ICTMN Staff: USDA Rules Changes Could Affect San Francisco Peaks’ Wastewater Ruling: For years, American Indians have been working to get consideration paid to sacred sites. Now, in the wake of U.S. approval of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, it seems that at least some government agencies are listening. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service is revising its policy on sacred Native sites that lie on U.S. Forest Service lands, and as part of the retooling process has held a series of listening sessions with American Indian leaders and tribe members this year. Now officials are preparing a document for comment in June, and will send out the final draft by November 2011.