National Trust for Historic Preservation Supports Tribes in Seeking Solutions to Protect Cultural Resources in Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound

Statement by National Trust for Historic Preservation President Stephanie Meeks

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation filed an amicus curiae brief in support of a lawsuit brought by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) challenging the Department of the Interior’s approval of the proposed Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound. The following is a statement by Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“We are deeply concerned by the Department of the Interior’s decision to approve the Horseshoe Shoal site in Nantucket Sound without timely and adequate consultation with the tribes and consideration of the visual intrusion and disruption of 130 massive turbines from the proposed wind farm on the ceremonial practices of the Wampanoag Indians. For these tribes, known as the “People of the First Light,” unimpeded views of the rising sun across Nantucket Sound are a defining feature of tribal life and their cultural and spiritual identity. We urge the Department of the Interior to reopen tribal consultation in order to consider alternative sites and less harmful ways to address our nation’s renewable energy goals.

"The National Trust encourages and recognizes the importance of developing alternative energy sources across the country; however, we believe that development should not come at the expense of America’s cultural heritage. We support the production of renewable energy - just not in the location proposed by Cape Wind, because of its adverse effect on the surrounding historic resources. Essentially, this is the right idea, in the wrong location."

 

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