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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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Coalition for American Heritage supports bill to extend Bank Secrecy Act to dealers in art and antiquities

May 29, 2018

Preservation groups sign letter in support of Save America's Treasures

April 26, 2018

SAA letter to Arizona governor in opposition to anti-preservation state bill

April 19, 2018

Coalition for American Heritage letter on infrastructure and historic preservation

April 9, 2018

SAA, Coalition for American Heritage send letter in opposition to anti-preservation Arizona bill

April 6, 2018

SAA submits comments on proposed reconsideration of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

March 18, 2018

SAA expresses support for continued U.S. involvement in UNESCO and World Heritage Program

February 8, 2018

SAA testifies against H.R. 4532, the Shash Ja'a National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act

January 30, 2018

SAA comments on World Bank Draft Guidance Notes for Borrowers

December 13, 2017

SAA, Coalition for American Heritage statement in opposition to reduction of National Monuments

December 4, 2017

SAA and other groups send letter in support of NEPA

November 28, 2017

Dr. Mitch Hendrickson testifies in favor of renewal of bilateral agreement with Cambodia

October 23, 2017

SAA, other groups issue statement regarding U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO

October 16, 2017

Online seminar on best practices for federal advocacy

October 13, 2017

SAA, Coalition for American Heritage submit comments to Army Corps on request for input

September 18, 2017

SAA, Coalition for American Heritage submit comments to DOT request for input

July 24, 2017

SAA, Coalition for American Heritage submit responses to BLM questionnaire

July 24, 2017

SAA submits comments to State Department on Libya request

July 10, 2017

SAA submits testimony on FY2018 appropriations

May 26, 2017

SAA, preservation groups urge increased funding for battlefields protections

May 22, 2017

Department of Interior requests public comments on recent National Monument designations

May 11, 2017

SAA, Coalition for American Heritage submit comments on FCC proposed rulemaking

April 13, 2017

SAA joins coalition in support of National Science Foundation research funding

April 3, 2017

House Members Support Increase in Historic Preservation Fund

March 30, 2017

Dr. K. Anne Pyburn testifies in favor of renewal of agreement with Belize to protect archaeological materials

March 21, 2017

SAA joins multisociety coalition letter concerning Executive Order on immigration

January 31, 2017

SAA joins ASOR statement of concern regarding Executive Order on immigration

January 30, 2017

NPS releases cultural resources and climate change strategy

January 6, 2017

President Obama designates Bear's Ears National Monument

December 28, 2016

Preservation groups urge President Obama to designate Bear's Ears Monument

November 30, 2016

Army Corps of Engineers response on the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy

November 4, 2016

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