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Government Affairs Program

Representing the archaeological community before the U.S. Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and among its colleagues in the historic preservation community, SAA is recognized as a leading voice in support of archaeology.

SAA's government affairs program is comprised of the Government Affairs Committee, which works in combination with the Board of Directors and the Manager, Government Affairs, in developing positions on public policy. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact gov_affairs@saa.org.



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Letter to National NAGPRA Program regarding Notices of Inventory Completion

January 16, 2015

SAA comments on petroleum extraction voluntary sustainability guidelines

December 18, 2014

Letter to Senate leadership in opposition to Apache Leap land exchange legislation

December 9, 2014

SAA letter to House Ways and Means Committee in support of International Cultural Property Protection bill

December 2, 2014

SAA comments on draft NAGPRA dispute resolution procedures

November 14, 2014

SAA comments on Mancos Shale/Gallup Formation Resource Management Plan Amendment and associated Environmental Impact Statement
November 12, 2014

SAA letter to St. Louis Society of the AIA opposing sale of Egyptian artifacts

November 10, 2014

SAA comments on draft MOA concerning the disturbances at Amity Pueblo

October 30, 2014

Preservation group letter in opposition to Issa NDAA provision

October 6, 2014

SAA comments on the draft guidance note “Cultural Heritage in IDB Projects.”

September 14, 2014

SAA letter opposing anti-preservation provision of transportation bill

July 15, 2014

Coalition one-pager opposing Military Lands provision

June 4, 2014

Dr. Sarah Parcak testifies in favor of import restrictions on archaeological materials from Egypt

June 2, 2014

Remarks of SAA president Jeff Altschul at Union of Concerned Scientists' press conference

May 20, 2014

SAA statement on Union of Concerned Scientists' report on climate change and historic resources

May 20, 2014

Archaeology groups send letter supporting import restrictions on Egyptian antiquities

May 12, 2014

Archaeological and preservation groups letter to National Geographic regarding NatGeo TV program

March 31, 2014

SAA opposes FCC proposed Section 106 exemptions for new railroad communications system

March 25, 2014

Coalition letter opposing H.R. 1459, Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act

March 24, 2014

SAA submits comments on a proposed rule “to expedite the environmental and historic preservation review of new wireless facilities” and on related procedures

February 3, 2014

SAA submits comments on draft NAGPRA rule on disposition procedures for unclaimed human remains, funerary objects, or objects of cultural patrimony

December 29, 2013

SAA and other groups send letter to appropriators urging increased money for Historic Preservation Fund

December 24, 2013

SAA congratulates the Annenberg Foundation for saving and repatriating Native American masks

December 17, 2013

SAA urges National Geographic Channel to cancel its show "Diggers"

November 15, 2013

SAA sends letter to Secretary of Interior regarding Amity Pueblo / Lee Valley Pond dispute

November 12, 2013

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Dr. Julie Hendon testifies in favor of renewal of import restrictions on archaeological materials from Honduras

October 30, 2013

NPS proposes regulations to implement section 3(b) of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

October 29, 2013

SAA letter to President Obama and congressional leadership in opposition to government shutdown

October 15, 2013 

SAA statement on value of social science research at National Science Foundation

October 4, 2013

SAA, ACRA and SHA urge defeat of Resolution Copper land exchange bill

September 24, 2013

SAA sends letter in support of Great Bend of the Gila National Monument bill

September 12, 2013

SAA comments on proposed rule for fracking operations on federal and Tribal lands

August 23, 2013

Preservation groups send letter in opposition to proposed cuts to Historic Preservation Fund

July 26, 2013

SAA letter in support of Casa Grande National Monument boundary expansion bill

July 12, 2013 

SAA letter to President of Colombia opposing underwater cultural resources legislation

June 20, 2013

SAA letter to Sharp Entertainment regarding new show "Dig Wars"

June 19, 2013 

SAA letter regarding destruction of Maya pyramid in Belize

May 22, 2013

CEQ statement on unified federal review process for disaster recovery projects

May 17, 2013

SAA testimony on FY2014 Interior Appropriations

April 24, 2013

SAA comments on proposed Forest Service national management plan directives

April 23, 2013

SAA testimony on proposed renewal of import restrictions on archaeological material from China

April 23, 2013

SAA letter opposing auction of Hopi masks

April 11, 2013

SAA letter opposing Hawaii cultural resources project review amendments

April 10, 2013

SAA letter to Sotheby's regarding auction of Barbier-Mueller Collection

March 20, 2013

SAA letter regarding Ft. Vancouver land transfer bill

March 18, 2013

U.S. imposes import restrictions on archaeological material from Belize

March 5, 2013

SAA letter congratulating President Obama for appointment of Lynne Sebastian to ACHP

 March 1, 2013 

Karen Mudar testifies on behalf of SAA in support of bilateral agreement with Cambodia

February 27, 2013

SAA letter to Field Museum regarding funding for anthropology research

January 25, 2013

Former SAA president Lynne Sebastian appointed to Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

January 22, 2013

SAA letter to Wal-Mart International concerning Teotihuacan project

January 10, 2013