Vth IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), 2003: Extracts from Durban Accord and WPC Recommendation on Cultural and Spiritual Values, states: "Many societies, especially indigenous and traditional peoples, recognize sacred places and engage in traditional practices for the protection of geographical areas, nature, ecosystems, or species, as an expression of societal or cultural choice and of their worldview of the sacredness of nature and its inextricable links with culture. They also recognize sacred places as a unique source of knowledge and understanding their own culture thus providing what could be considered the equivalent of a university."
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) passed two resolutions, REN-13-035 Request for Federal Government to Develop Guidance on Recognizing Tribal Sovereign Jurisdiction over Traditional Knowledge and resolution PDX-11-036 Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Change, that address the importance of TEK and the processes the federal agencies use and considerations federal agencies should have when approaching and/or working with Tribes and their TEK on climate change and other topics.
The 1916 Organic Act requires the NPS to manage lands, objects and wildlife under its purview for future generations;the Department of the Interior Mission calls for honoring the trust responsibilities to Indian Tribes;and the NPS Mission directs its employees to involve partners in natural and cultural resource conservation.
National Park Service 2006 Management Policies provides for employees to include applicable traditional knowledge that will help park managers accomplish park objectives. https://www.nps.gov/policy/mp/policies.html