The Air Force Academy has invited 14 Native American tribes to participate in a three-day summit focused on building partnerships between the organizations and identifying potentially historic sites on the academy grounds. Representatives from tribes in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming will be asked to identify places of cultural significance, such as areas that have been passed down through tribal elders or where Native American religious ceremonies have been routinely performed, according to a release. “We begin by having a professionally credentialed archeologist examine and establish an archeological site,” said Vicki Williams, the Academy’s cultural resource manager. Then, “the tribes will walk the lands and determine what is significant to them.” The summit concludes Aug. 11. Last year, five federally recognized sovereign governments attended the summit.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.