American Policy Center Sounds Alarm About Danger Of National Heritage Act To Tennessee Sovereignty

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

The American Policy Center, a grassroots non-profit dedicated to fighting for American Property Rights and Sovereignty, is sounding the alarm about a bipartisan bill that has been introduced in the U.S. Congress that would eliminate citizen input on the establishment of National Heritage Areas.  The entire state of Tennessee appears to have been targeted should this bill be allowed to pass.

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National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are promoted simply as a means to honor historic or cultural events around the nation. Promoters promise that this will preserve our culture and honor our past as they preserve battlefields where our forefathers fought and died for freedom. And that they will preserve the birthplaces, home, buildings, and hallowed grounds for posterity.

In addition, proponents of NHAs promise that it will help to build a flourishing tourist industry to help local economies.

However, the President of the American Policy Center, Tom DeWeese says that none of that is true.

“My years of dealing with NHAs have shown me that they are simply a ruse to get conservatives to support federal land grabs,” DeWeese said.

DeWeese states that conservatives would never support efforts by radical environmental groups or national organizations like the American Planning Association to enforce policies that would lock away land or dictate how it’s used.

When an NHA is put into place, major tax dollars are distributed through the National Park Service. These funds are supposed to be used for the establishment of the Heritage Area but DeWeese claims that the funds are not all used for that purpose.

“The Park Service gives much of that funding to private, non-governmental groups (NGOs) to use for their private agendas. Many of these groups are the same radical environmental groups that you and I fight every day.  And there is no accounting on how these groups spend that NHA money!,” DeWeese said.

DeWeese alleges that the NHA money goes into non-governmental agency’s pockets, but it is not spent for historic preservation.

“These groups use the funds to promote and pressure local city councils to impose Sustainable Development policies, lock away use of land and water, create conservation easements, build wind and solar farms, and all of the usual government dictates taking over every community,” DeWeese said.


A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate called the National Heritage Area Act (S.1942) that will drastically change how a National Heritage Area is created.

Until now, the establishment of a NHA required action by a member of Congress to propose a new NHA but S.1942 will eliminate that, and instead, give that power to the Secretary of the Interior that can then simply designate new NHAs.

“If this is allowed to happen, then the entire process would basically take place in the back rooms of government,” DeWeese said.

The Secretary of the Interior is an appointed position, with the person holding the position not being elected by voters.  Therefore, decisions made by the individual are those of a non-elected official.

DeWeese reports that The American Policy Center has successfully stopped three NHAs and they are one of the only organizations to ever testify against them in congressional hearings.

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The American Policy Center is asking that all concerned Americans sign their petition against the National Heritage Act (S.1942) to help “end the stealth threat of NHAs once and for all.”

The petition reads as follows:


National Heritage Areas (NHA) are NOT programs to honor our history or cultural events.

*Almost ALL historic birth places, buildings, and hallowed ground have already been preserved.

*There is NO evidence that NHAs have ever successfully promoted tourism.

*NHAs do NOT protect private property.

Instead – NHAs place a federal boundary around entire counties, towns and private homes, leaving them vulnerable to Park Service rules. It is not possible to “opt out” of a federal boundary!

In addition, NHAs provide federal tax dollars to powerful environmental groups, planning associations, and other private, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to promote their private agendas without federal oversight and accountability. This is why they are so dangerous.

NOW – the National Heritage Area Act (S.1942) will drastically change how an NHA is created. Rather than being introduced and approved by Congress, NHAs will now be decided by the Secretary of Interior, with powerful influence from the very NGOs which stand to benefit most from the designation.


Therefore, S.1942 is a DIRECT THREAT to property owners, local governments, and state sovereignty.

For these reasons, I, the undersigned American Citizen urge you to vote NO on the National Heritage Areas Act (S.1942).

The petition to stop the Act can be signed HERE.

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

5 thoughts on “American Policy Center Sounds Alarm About Danger Of National Heritage Act To Tennessee Sovereignty

  • June 30, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Another Federal land grab in the works. Do any of you really think Confederate sites will be preserved? Let’s get specific about heritage. Is it the heritage wherein we as Europeans came to this land and tore it way from the native people, is it the site of slave markets or piers where blacks, those who survived the journey landed, or maybe the sites where the BLM and Antifa destroyed the years of work put in by small business, effectively destroying their lives. Tell me, specifically, what you land grabbers consider a true heritage site.

  • June 30, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    A Socialism land grab for more and more control over peoples lives. America had better wake up!

  • June 30, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    communist land grab. This bill should never see the light of day. This rogue government will do nothing but take everything away from each state and make them dependent upon the Communist government they are trying to establish.

  • July 1, 2022 at 2:37 am

    Everyone is aware of the 30 by 30 plan, right? Preserve 30% of American land by 2030. Sounds good in principle. Who could possibly be against conservation of our beautiful country? Except we can see the downside of this unfolding right now: federal reticence to authorize new leases for oil & gas exploration and wholesale hostility toward any drilling on federal land. Think about how this would impact our food supply (forbidding cattle grazing on federal land; forbidding fishing in designated areas off coasts) and strategic mineral independence (forbidding mining on federal land) and suddenly letting the feds take control of another 18% of the country doesn’t sound so good. What if the feds decided to grab vast swaths of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas? If you’re hungry, prepare to add a couple more notches to your belt because I’d bet dollars to donuts that those farming leases will go to Chinese companies and not to Americans….but it gets better. This land grab is actually an idea that came out of Europe and is a global initiative (Biden is plagiarizing again…). Anyone else notice how 2030 keeps coming up? Somehow, I see Dr. Evil’s (AKA Klaus Schwab) fingerprints all over this.

  • July 1, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    Think about this: Europe, the Greek Islands, Saudi Arabia & Israel to name a few already experience the problem with trying to build or update anything. If someone turns a stone and finds a historical artifact they are compelled to contact the state controlled antiquities personnel to review the find. These people take over the dig site for months or years at a time. They confiscate property at will with no compensation to the owner. It’s not uncommon for developers in these areas to only dig after midnight just in case they come across something. In England & Germany U cannot block off your property to the public if it’s determined a walking or riding path from the medieval times or later ever existed there. Anyone can travel or picnic on your land all times of the day or night. Exactly how many clay pots or bike paths does a society need to determine it’s past? The USA already has the ability to take your land and require you to fight the confiscation in court. Are we really ready to give TN over to the likes of Antifa, BLM or Sovereign Citizens to burn it down or just plain take your stuff?


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