Message #168:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: 36 CFR 800 Draft Regulations High Jinks
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 14:25:15 -0700

From:	 Judy Brunson-Hadley, Archaeologist, Salt River Project

For those of you who were unable to attend the meeting on the draft 36
CFR 800 regulations at the SAA meetings, the word is that the Council
continues to rewrite portions of the draft regulations, but they will
not send them out for  formal comment again.  Meanwhile, the Council
continues to work with some tribal groups/Native Hawaiian organizations
(I don't know which groups-it was presented as if they were pan-tribal
representatives) on portions that are being rewritten.  Apparently a
draft also will be forwarded to some federal agencies for comment, but
its tough luck for the rest of us that will be burdened with complying
with the regulations-we do not get another chance to comment on the
changes that are being written. (Please note, this is not the decision
of the archaeologists on the Council staff; they are doing their best to
pass on everyone's comments to the Task Force---there isn't even an
archaeologist on the task force that is writing the regulations.)

It's my understanding that when portions of a bill are going through
extensive rewriting, they are suppose to be released through the Federal
Register for comment, but the Council feels 2 drafts are enough-although
each draft has been quite different!

At the SAA meeting were a number of representatives from a variety of
groups---archaeologists, Native Americans, industry, SHPOs, and federal
archaeologists, and I believe it is safe to say that everyone was in
agreement that we wanted to see another draft released in the Federal
Register for comment.   The latest draft that was released in the
Federal Register for comment had major concerns voiced about it from a
number of large groups including the historic preservation forum.

I am suggesting that it is time to mount another letter campaign
expressing our concerns that another draft is not going to be released
for comment, and this time-copy your congressional representatives.  The
Task Force may not care what we think, but they may react to Congress. 
So advise your clients, and fire up those computers and typewriters and
let's get some letters going-and copy your congressional representative!
 And do it soon-they're planning on sending the final copy to the full
Council in June.

Send letters to:
Executive Committee
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW   Room 809
Washington, D.C.  20004

Judy Brunson

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