Laws and Policies

Actual texts of various laws, acts, and orders (not discussions or opinions):

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
http://www.nepa.gov/nepa/regs/nepa/nepaeqia.htm

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
http://ceres.ca.gov/ceqa/

Endangered Species Act (1973)
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa.html

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode16/usc_sec_16_00000470—-000-.html
or as a PDF file, from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation:
http://www.achp.gov/nhpa.html

NHPA, Section 106
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode16/usc_sec_16_00000470—f000-.html

American Antiquities Act of 1906
http://www.cr.nps.gov/local-law/anti1906.htm

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) (1990)
Title 43 Part 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title43/43cfr10_main_02.tpl

Executive Order 13007 - Indian Sacred Sites (1996)
http://www.cr.nps.gov/local-law/eo13007.htm
Excerpt:
“iii.”Sacred site” means any specific, discrete, narrowly
delineated location on Federal land that is identified by an
Indian tribe, or Indian individual determined to be an
appropriately authoritative representative of an Indian
religion, as sacred by virtue of its established religious
significance to, or ceremonial use by, an Indian religion;
provided that the tribe or appropriately authoritative
representative of an Indian religion has informed the agency
of the existence of such a site.”

American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA) (1978)
Public Law 95-341
http://www.cr.nps.gov/local-law/FHPL_IndianRelFreAct.pdf

 

Some of the above, plus links to more cultural resources authorities, each with a brief summary, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/historicPreservation/crp/authorities.html