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Project: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Maka Oyate Sundance Ceremony

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: Medford
Resource Area: Ashland
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M040-2014-005-DNA  Determination of NEPA Adequacy
Document Publish Date: 7/21/2014
Summary: The Ashland Resource Area of the Medford District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to re-issue a one-year authorization to the Maka Oyate Sundance Society for the purposes of conducting an annual Sundance Ceremony. The ceremony occurs during the summer over a two to three week period and is attended by 100-250 people, sometimes more. The authorization was initially issued in 2007 after an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was conducted. The initial authorization expired in August 2009, but was renewed for three additional years in 2010 after completing a Determination of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Adequacy (DNA). Another DNA was completed in 2013 to re-issue the authorization for the 2013 ceremony. The recent authorization expired in following ceremony in 2013. The BLM intends to initiate an EA post-ceremony in 2014 to evaluate authorizing the Maka Oyate Sundance Society to use the area for future Sundance Ceremonies. The BLM provides this land-use authorization for the period beginning July 2014 and extending through the end of ceremony in August 2014.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Kathy Minor
Contact Phone: 541-618-2245
Program Areas: Other