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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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SAA comments on ACHP initiatives to improve National Historic Preservation Program

October 17, 2016

SAA sends letter to Army Corps of Engineers on the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy

September 13, 2016

SAA comments on Amity Pueblo Historic Properties Treatment Plan

June 6, 2016

Drs. Alconini and Parkinson testify on behalf of SAA at State Department hearing

May 24, 2016

SAA submits comments on BLM proposed land use rule

May 24, 2016

SAA submits testimony for the FY2017 appropriations cycle

March 23, 2016

SAA letter in opposition to bill in Georgia legislature to exempt certain transportation projects from review

March 4, 2016

SAA letter to ACHP on issues in forthcoming National Historic Preservation Program at 50: Challenges and Opportunities report

March 1, 2016

SAA urges Department of Interior to investigate allegations of damage to cultural resources from standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

February 12, 2016

SAA submits comments on proposed final MOA for resolution of Amity Pueblo disturbances

February 11, 2016

SAA urges Office of Management and Budget to harmonize archaeologist qualifications standards

February 10, 2016

SAA expresses opposition to anti-preservation bills in the Florida House and Senate

February 2, 2016

SAA submits comments on World Bank revised draft environmental and social safeguards

February 2, 2016

SAA sends letter in opposition to proposed Wisconsin anti-preservation bill

January 15, 2016

Preservation groups urge Congress to approve payment of U.S. World Heritage dues to UNESCO

December 10, 2015

SAA expresses opposition to scheduled auction of Native American cultural items

December 2, 2015

SAA comments on USFWS draft Memorandum of Agreement for resolution of Amity Pueblo disturbances

November 13, 1015

Preservation groups issue support letter for S. 1887, a bill to increase protections for international cultural resources

October 30, 2015

SAA issues statement regarding alleged removal of artifacts from set of feature film

October 13, 2015

Dr. Robert Drennan testifies on behalf of SAA in favor of renewal of MOU with Colombia

September 9, 2015 

SAA submits comments on draft Desert Renewable Energy Programmatic Agreement

September 2, 2015

SAA letter in opposition to proposed closing of Illinois State Museum

July 9, 2015

Preservation groups express strong oppposition to NHPA amendment in National Defense Authorization Act

May 12, 2015

SAA and other preservation groups letter of support for H.R. 1493, a bill to increase protections for international cultural resources

April 22, 2015

Dr. Antonaccio remarks and letter on behalf of SAA and AIA in support of renewal of import restrictions on archaeological materials from Italy

April 8, 2015

SAA requests consulting party status for Desert Renewable Energy project

March 31, 2015

SAA testimony on FY2016 cultural resources program budget

March 18, 2015

UCS, NTHP and SAA issue “A Call to Action on Climate Impacts and Cultural Heritage”

March 1, 2015

SAA, preservation groups sign letter in support of increased appropriations for the Historic Preservation Fund

February 27, 2015

SAA, AIA, AAMD, ASOR, AAA, the Oriental Institute and USICOMOS issue joint statement on destruction at Mosul Museum, Iraq (revised March 10, 2015)

February 27, 2015

Link to Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago statement: https://oi.uchicago.edu/about/statement-cultural-destruction-iraq

SAA submits comments on World Bank's Draft Environmental and Social Framework Proposal

February 24, 2015

SAA submits comments on proposed NPS amendments to archaological curation regulations

February 10, 2015

SAA legislative and policy program for 2015-2016

January 30, 2015

SAA submits scoping comments on proposed Saddle Butte Pinyon Pipeline

January 26, 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 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