Lightning over Bear Butte in South Dakota at dusk (Thinkstock)

Lightning over Bear Butte in South Dakota at dusk (Thinkstock)

National Trust Calls for Native Site Nominations

In recognizing the importance of preserving the Native American traditions, history and culture, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is asking for nominations of Native American endangered sites for its 26th annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

“It’s especially important now to nominate a site with the recent news of rock carvings and petroglyphs stolen from some sacred American Indian sites,” states a press release from the National Trust.

Bear Butte, a site sacred to as many as 17 American Indian tribes in South Dakota, was placed on the most endangered list in 2011.

Nominations are due on March 1 and the 2013 list will be announced in June. While being named on the list doesn’t offer sites full proof protection, it “has been a powerful tool for raising awareness and rallying resources to save diverse endangered sites from every region of the country,” states the release.

“Historic places are a tangible reminder of who we are as a nation,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “For over 25 years, the National Trust’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has helped shine a spotlight on threatened historic places throughout the nation, helping not only to preserve these places, but also galvanizing local support for the preservation of other unique, irreplaceable treasures that make our nation and local communities special.”

Since 1988, the National Trust has identified more than 240 threatened historic places on its list.

To nominate a Native American sacred site, visit PreservationNation.org.

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