Areas of Contempaorary Cultural and Religious Use

Current federal legislation, including NAGPRA, makes provisions for the protection of cemeteries and locations currently used by Native Americans. It is therefore the position of the Sac and Fox Nation that all cemeteries and ceremonial areas, including individual homesites, are sacred and worthy of protection of the full extent of tribal, state, and federal laws. It is our intent to preserve the sanctity of all ceremonies, ceremonial areas, religious objects, and individual homes of our citizens living within the territory of the Sac and Fox Nation. We also declare that all cemeteries and ceremonial areas are off-limits to any kind of excavation or research without the expressed written permission of the appropriate officials of the Sac and Fox Nation or its designated representatives. We also request that a full inventory of the cemeteries, ceremonial areas, and sacred places be conducted and that these areas should be protected from desecration under the full extent of the laws of the Sac and Fox Nation. Protection of the cemeteries and ceremonial areas should be formalized and recognized by the duly constituted government of the Sac and Fox Nation.