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Haaland lauds designation of Indigenous earthworks in Ohio as US's newest WH site

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today applauded the decision by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to include on the World Heritage List Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, a group of eight ancient earthwork sites in southern Ohio. The World Heritage Committee made the decision to inscribe Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks on the highly selective World Heritage List by consensus at its 45th session in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on September 19, 2023. Five of the earthwork sites are managed by the National Park Service and three are managed by the Ohio History Connection.

“Today’s designation by UNESCO is a tremendous opportunity and recognition of the contributions of America’s Indigenous Peoples,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “World Heritage designation is an opportunity for the United States to share the whole story of America and the remarkable diversity of our cultural heritage as well as the beauty of our land. The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are unique creations of America’s indigenous people and a remarkable survival of our ancient history.”

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