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View Now! Beyond #NoDAPL: Protecting Sacred Sites

Thank you to everyone who joined SAGE Development Authority on Thursday, June 17 for a conversation on the protection and preservation of sacred Indigenous sites. This dialogue is part of our monthly talk series, Anpetu Wi Dialogues from Standing Rock.

Panelists Fawn Wasin Zi, Jeremy Freeman, Joseph McNeil, Jr., and Joseph Smith covered topics including:

  • Why the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline heightened the urgency to identify and protect sacred sites at Standing Rock 
  • The significance of sacred sites and their role in connecting Indigenous peoples to the land, their spirituality, and their ancestors
  • Current SAGE project updates and how the identification of new sacred sites is shifting turbine placement plans 
  • How Standing Rock’s Land Operations department and the Tribal Historic Preservation Office work together to make sure that any activity on Tribal lands does not harm or disrupt sacred sites 
  • The different types of sacred sites that are uncovered at Standing Rock (petroglyphs, rock formations, ceremonial sites,) and the efforts that are made to preserve a new site once it is identified 

If you missed the conversation or would like to view it again, the talk is now available on our Youtube channel! 

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