Integrated Heritage Project - Newsletter | February 2017
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Applications for IHP's 2017 Heritage Management Field Program
in Cambodia close on February 28, 2017.

During this unique 6-week experiential learning program, participants will work with Cambodian and international students to develop sustainable heritage management strategies for heritage sites in Cambodia.

This intensive program, led by international experts in the field of cultural heritage, will provide students with educational and practical training in cultural heritage management. Students will visit heritage sites across the country working with local communities, national authorities, government officials, and heritage professionals to understand the complexities of successfully managing heritage sites in developing economies.

Learn more about the program here


So much is happening across the world relating to heritage we feel it's important to share some of the top stories with our supporters. Here's a quick recap of events since the first of the year. 

Obama Named 5 New National Monuments

Before leaving office President Obama added to his already impressive legacy of protecting national parks, by naming 5 new national monuments. Utilizing the Antiquities Act of 1906, Obama worked to, 
“ensure that our national parks, monuments and public lands are fully reflective of our nation’s diverse history and culture.” Read more here

US Awards Preservation Grant to Nigeria

Announced on their Facebook and Twitter feeds on February 15th, the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has awarded $116,000 to Nigeria for the preservation of cultural heritage. The funds will enable Nigerian cultural institutions to improve the storage areas for collections in 10  Nigerian museums. This will include designing better facilities as well as train staff in best practice for materials conservation. Read more here
Syria's Disappearing Heritage

More and more reports of the continued destruction of Syria's cultural heritage by Daesh, the 'so called IS' militant group, are published everyday. To date, all 6 of the Syria's World Heritage Sites have suffered damage, the most notable being Palmyra. The ancient city of Palmyra was first besieged by Daesh in May 2015. Last month the city was recaptured and the destruction continues. Read more here

Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art Reopens

In 2014 Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art suffered severe damage after a car bomb attack.  The museum, built in 1881, was home to one of the world's most incredible collections of Islamic cultural heritage. Hundreds of items were destroyed or damaged as well as the building itself. After two years of restoration work the museum reopened on January 19, 2017. Read more here

The conflict over the Dakota Access Pipeline: Native Americans defending their cultural heritage
by Karol Hermoza-Loyola

Photo Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe claims the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota will threaten their water resources and sacred lands. According to the BBC, the $3.7bn project, covering nearly 1,200 miles of land across fours states, will carry 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day establishing a more efficient method of transport for crude between North Dakota and Illinois.
Native American groups claim that the DAPL proposal never carried out the proper review or consultations, as required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Since April 2016, many supporters have set up camps near the Missouri river in order to protest against the project. Throughout the following months, the confrontations between protesters and law enforcement officers have become increasingly violent in nature.
On December 4th, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced it would not grant permission for the pipeline to cross near Lake Oahe in the Standing Rock reservation; instead, they agreed to look for alternative routes.

This was a huge victory for the Standing Rock tribe and Native American groups who, after centuries of continued mistreatment and abuses under US law, are still fighting for their rights and the protection of their cultural heritage.

With the ushering in of the new President of the United States, Donald Trump, the site is under threat, once again. On January 24th the President signed an executive order to revive the project. Less than two weeks later, the Army Corps of Engineers issued the final easement necessary to complete the project. Hundreds of activists and supporters gathered in Washington D.C. to protest outside the White House. 

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