This website, and the document upon which it is based, develops a context within which the significant patterns, events, persons and cultural values of ethnographic resources in the Ross In Situ Uranium Recovery Project (Ross Project) area may be considered.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), as the lead federal agency on the undertaking, is responsible for taking into account the effects of the Ross Project on historic properties (including significant ethnographic resources) in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
‘Ethnographic resource’ as it is used here means any historic property of “traditional religious and cultural importance to an Indian tribe,” pursuant to the Section 106 process. The use of the term ‘ethnographic resource’ is also intended to distinguish those resources recognizable through ethnographic sources (such as by the people that hold the traditions and are of the culture from which importance is ascribed to the property). This differentiates ethnographic resources from other general cultural resources that tend to be archaeologically identified, in manners that may not well convey values of “traditional religious and cultural importance.”