At its Sept. 19, 2017 meeting the Shutesbury Select Board unanimously past the following motion.
The issue of Native American Site Preservation in the Town of Shutesbury has become fraught with significant concerns from Native American residents of Shutesbury, other citizens of Shutesbury, and other interested parties. Among the many concerns for all parties are fear of violence and intimidation, death threats, need for police protection, distrust, insulting language, bullying, threats of litigation, committee resignations, and other extremely negative and divisive concerns. The Select Board stresses that these are concerns of all interested parties. In our opinion, under these circumstances any current attempts to move forward in the following areas will only exacerbate these concerns. These areas includes:
- Appointment of initial members to a Native American Preservation Working Group.
- Entering into any potential Memorandums of Understanding as referenced in the 9.19.17 Select Board meeting agenda.
In the Select Board’s opinion, it is in the best interest of all concerned parties and the Town of Shutesbury to immediately table any and all actions in the above town areas until the Select Board is satisfied that people can work together to move the processes forward.