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Indian leaders share concerns about sacred sites

The Obama administration is reaching out to Native American political and spiritual leaders to address concerns over the protection of sacred sites on federal land.

But tribal leaders say they're frustrated and some feel consultation between the federal government and tribes has become just a formality.

One tribe in southwestern Arizona complained about renewable energy projects on federal land being fast-tracked by the administration without consideration for their effect on sacred sites.

The preservation officer for the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, John Bathke, says the tribe's traditional lands are being "bombarded" by proposed projects.

Tribal leaders met Monday in Albuquerque with a U.S. Interior Department official for the first of several listening sessions the agency has scheduled around the country.

Meetings are also planned in Montana, Minnesota and Connecticut.

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