Bear Butte was put on America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places® list in 2011
WASHINGTON — The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes the importance of preserving Native American traditions, history, and culture by calling for nominations of Native American endangered sites for its annual America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®.
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.
More than 250 threatened one-of-a-kind historic treasures have been identified on the list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places since 1988. Whether these sites are urban districts or rural landscapes, Native American landmarks or 20th-century sports arenas, entire communities or single buildings, the list spotlights historic places across America that are facing a range of threats including insufficient funds, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. The designation has been a powerful tool for raising awareness and rallying resources to save endangered sites from every region of the country.
For over a quarter century, this endangered list has highlighted important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for destruction or irreparable damage.
Nominations are due on March 2, 2015. The 2015 list will be announced in June.
The places on the list need not be famous, but they must be significant within their own cultural context, illustrate important issues in preservation and have a need for immediate action to stop or reverse serious threats. The site or place must also be at least 50-years old and have some type of historic or cultural significance either locally or nationally.
Since 1988, the National Trust has identified more than 250 threatened historic places on its list.
To learn more about the program and to nominate a Native American sacred site, visit: www.preservationnation.org/11most