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Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Federal Indian Law and Policy

Cultural Heritage and Preservation laws (continued)

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American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 (AIRFA) as amended, establishes the policy of the federal government "to protect and preserve for American Indians their inherent right of freedom to believe, express, and exercise the traditional religions of the American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut, and Native Hawaiians, including, but not limited to, access to sites, use and possession of sacred objects, and the freedom to worship through ceremonials and traditional rites." (42 U.S.C. 1996)

For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/FHPL_IndianRelFreAct.pdf



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