For a number of years, Kinross has engaged in a stable, consultative and proactive relationship with the Western Shoshone Native Americans, who have roots in the Round Mountain area. In 2007, Kinross operated (50% owned) Round Mountain Gold Corporation (RMGC), and the Western Shoshone Descendants of Big Smoky Valley signed a Memorandum of Agreement. The Agreement remains a cornerstone of the relationship and has had several positive outcomes, including relocation of a proposed access road to accommodate Western Shoshone concerns and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which expresses their support for extending the life of the mine. As part of the MOU, there is a provision to ensure monitors are present to watch for ancestral markers such as artifacts and gravesites during site or infrastructure development work. We also provide scholarships to Western Shoshone students.