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Section 106 - Ariel Rios Murals

Section 106 requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their actions on properties included, or eligible for inclusion, in the National Register of Historic Places and to afford a reasonable opportunity for comments on such actions.

This consultation considered the appropriateness of the setting for the six Ariel Rios murals, and whether they should be removed from the Ariel Rios Federal Building, or other reasonable actions taken to address objections to them.

GSA identified interested parties, referred to as consulting parities, and held its first consulting party meeting on June 2, 2005. The following organizations and individuals were invited to participate in the consultation as consulting parties:

  • The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • The National Congress of American Indians
  • The Society of American Indian Government Employees
  • The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • The National Museum of the American Indian
  • Mike and Dorik Mechau (sons of muralist, Frank Mechau)
  • Other federal employees

GSA solicited public comments to enable an informed decision based on a wide range of input. As part of the effort to hear from the public, GSA published the transcript of the October 30, 2006 public forum. GSA also uses this Web site to share information on the consultation process and to provide updates.


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