ERIC Number: ED178227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan-1
Reference Count: 0
Report to the Legislature by the Native American Heritage Commission on Protection of Native American Sacred Places in California.
Native American Heritage Commission, Sacramento, CA.
Created by act of the California Legislature in September of 1976, the Native American Heritage Commission seeks to identify and protect places of cultural significance to California Native Americans and to safeguard Indian religious rights. The Commission, which is composed entirely of Native Americans, provides community services to solve the heritage problems of the California Indian community. These have included public hearings to resolve confrontations, conferences for Indians on the extent of existing heritage laws, investigations of complaints, and assistance in obtaining access to ceremonial and sacred sites on public and private lands. Legislative efforts have included drafting and sponsoring heritage legislation on behalf of the statewide Indian community. Despite recent gains in the protection accorded Indian heritage and religious freedom, the Commission has determined that a number of inadequacies remain in existing state and federal laws for the reasonable protection of Indian heritage rights. There are administrative and procedural omissions in the protection of Indian heritage by agencies of the executive branch of the state government and by federal law and policy. The Commission recommends that the Legislature broaden the statutory protection of sacred places specifically and Indian heritage generally and grant the state executive branch the authority to undertake the correction of deficiencies and problems identified in this report. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Native American Heritage Commission, Sacramento, CA.
Identifiers: California; Cemeteries; Cultural Preservation; Native American Heritage Commission CA; Religious Sites