Threatened Sacred Places

Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall
Located in the coastal city of Sitka, the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) Hall was listed as a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.  

Bear Butte
Rising a majestic 1,400 feet from the surrounding plains just east of the northern Black Hills is one of the most sacred mountains to the Plains Indians – Mato Paha. More commonly known as Bear Butte, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is also a National Historic Landmark, National Natural Landmark and State Park.  

Haleakalā Crater
Haleakalā, a dormant volcano on the southeastern tip of Maui, is known to Native Hawaiians (Kānaka Maoli) as the “House of the Sun” and is a deeply sacred place. The summit, referred to as Kolekole, is the naval of Maui and the home of several gods and goddesses, which are represented in supernatural form by volcanic lava, cinders and ash. 

Mauna Kea
At more than 13,000 feet elevation, the dormant volcano of Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawai’i has been one of the world’s best places for star-gazing since ancient times.  

McCloud River Watershed
Located in northern California below Mount Shasta, the McCloud River runs through the heart of Winnemem Wintu traditional lands and is replete with sacred sites, ancestral villages and burial grounds.  

Mount Graham
Mount Graham, called Dzil Nchaa Si’an (“big seated mountain”) by Western Apaches, rises 10,720 feet over the deserts of Southeast Arizona in the Coronado National Forest and is sacred to members of both the San Carlos and White Mountain Apache Tribes.  

San Francisco Peaks
Northern Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks are sacred to the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation and several other tribes. To the Hopi, the Peaks are the home of deities known as “Kachinas” that play an influential role in the religious and cultural practices of the tribe.  

Threatened Sacred Places
A list of threatened Native American sites.