Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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U.S. pledges to improve access to American Indian land

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U.S. promises to honor Indian land

Protection of sites held sacred by American Indians and Alaska Natives will be bolstered under a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday by four federal agencies and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The memo signed by the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy and Interior also calls for improving tribal access to sites that are on federal land. "We have a special, shared responsibility to respect and foster American Indian and Alaska Native cultural and religious heritage, and today's agreement recognizes that important role," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. The agencies plan to work during the next five years to raise awareness about sacred sites. That includes developing a website, a training program for federal employees and guidance for managing sacred sites.

Thief returns charity's cash

A thief who made off with cash from a Salvation Army red kettle at a northern Ohio mall this week apparently has had a change of heart. Police near Youngstown say that two days after the kettle was emptied out, someone left $130 and an apology at the Salvation Army. A note found at the Salvation Army on Wednesday morning read: "Here is the money I took plus money for a new kettle and bell." The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown reports that the note also said "please forgive me." Police in Boardman say a witness saw someone wearing a Salvation Army jacket take the kettle Monday night while a bell-ringer was on a break.

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What you need to know for Tuesday, Nov. 21

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