Letter from Amanda Dumenigo to Eric Lane, Boulder County Parks and Open Space Director

Dear Mr Lane,

Please find attached a formal request from Oglala Lakota Chief, Marty Chase Alone. Your staff knows Mr Chase Alone as BCPOS has coordinated for Mr. Chase Alone to lead lodges on Cemex property. He has led monthly Ceremonial lodges directly across from Phase II of the project area since August 2017. Currently, Doug Good Feather  Sundance Chief, Lakota Spiritual Leader, also holds weekly ceremonies across from Phase II of the project area. (I hope you take 2 min. of your time to listen to Good Feather’s interview by Josh Fox on Rolling Stone Magazine, hyperlinked to his name previously). You should have received Mr Good Feather’s letter and my last email with his formal request (attached). The archeology in the project area pertaining to SU 96-18 has multiple sites that were recommended for further studies and registration with the National Registry of Historic Places, NRHP,  and as highlighted for you in my archeology letter, the burden responsibility is with land owners, BCPOS & Martin Marietta Materials, have neglected  to follow any of the recommendations made decades ago by the project Historians and Archeologist.

Please reply to this email with BCPOS’ and Martin Marietta Material’s current plans for adhering to or continuing to disregard the Historians and Archeologist’s recommendations for this project area, the formal requests made by recognized Lakota Chiefs, and SOSVV members (attached).

Also, please inform me of the status of your request to US Fish & Wildlife in your letter dated June 27, 2017 for a reevaluation of  the 2001 Biological Opinion (ES/GJ-6-CO-01-F-045)? Have you met with US Fish & Wildlife and has a new study been conducted or scheduled (when)?

In conclusion, “The remaining remnants of archeology for the survey area are both regrettable in their loss since the beginning of historical development in the area and the “‘significance’” of what is left remaining intact. As archeological resources become increasingly fewer due to their loss by development, erosion, etc. what remains, becomes even more significant when considering their long term conservation….Additional excavations conducted at prehistoric sites….have the potential to yield buried information significant to providing information regarding, but not limited to, chronological placement, function, and intra-site patterning” (Evaluation of Research Pg. 28).

The St Vrain Valley is still a sacred place for Native American ceremonies and it is is not a relic of the past. Hence, protecting the ancestral integrity and archeological history in this valley is of timely and critical concern of utmost significance.

Sincerely,
Amanda Dumenigo, Chairperson, SOSVV

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