The Debate over Developing Lands Adjacent to Chaco Canyon
As far as the Park Service is concerned, Binettnee Kirk suggested the resort might be pitched to the feds as a preferable alternative to fracking, to which the gas-rich Nageezians might resort if there’s no other way to harvest income from their land. In its quest to preserve the astonishing ruins of Chaco, the National Park Service has opposed any development around the park, even paving the roads, leaving Nageezi unable to capitalize on its obvious tourism potential. “I would think the vibrations from fracking would not be a good thing for the ruins,” she said in a sweet, yet slightly ominous tone. http://bit.ly/1ag20YX – Navajo Times
National Monument Designation – a Tool for Preserving Ancient Sacred Places
Tribes are often at the forefront of efforts to conserve important public lands, and tribal support of Chimney Rock and Rio Grande del Norte was integral to their protection. These lands have been appreciated and respected for centuries by many tribes. National Monument status can honor the long and significant contributions of Native Americans to the United States and the Four Corners region. However, there is more to do to protect public lands in New Mexico. http://bit.ly/1dBuezf – Indian Country Today
Homeowner Warned over Earth Moving Activities at Petroglyph National Monument
A homeowner who lives near the Petroglyphs is in trouble with the National Park Service after he said neighbors helped dig trenches and build berms on federal land, all in an effort to protect his home from mudslides. Jerry Graeber’s back yard was filled with thousands of pounds of mud and sand after heavy rains moved earth from the federally protected Petroglyphs into his yard. http://bit.ly/19uGZav – KOAT TV
A Day in the Life of National Park Service Archaeologist Jason Nez
Park Service Archaeologist Jason Nez talked with the Navajo-Hopi Observer about prescribed burning, site excavation and how important it is to preserve area resources. http://bit.ly/1f8gwrO – Navajo-Hopi Observer
Travelogue – A Visit to Canyon de Chelly
Canyon del Muerto, Massacre Cave, Mummy Cave: names that denote the death and destruction that besieged the Navajos of Canyon de Chelly from their earliest claim to this beautiful place. Indeed, the history of Canyon de Chelly is one of attack and resistance, terror and survival. Even the name itself has suffered desecration. Spaniards couldn’t pronounce the Navajo Tséyi’. Chelly (pronounced shay) is the closest they could come. Tséyi’ means canyon, or inside the rock. http://bit.ly/18MPz9J – New Mexico Mercury
Lecture Opportunity – Cortez
On Friday, September 27, 2013, Arizona State University professor Dr. Michelle Hegmon will present “Mimbres Art and Its Creators.” The lecture will be held at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez, Colo., at 6:30 p.m. The event is presented as part of the Four Corners Lecture Series and is free of charge. For more information, call 970-564-4396 or 800-422-8975, ext. 136.
Lecture Opportunity – Cortez
The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society is pleased to present Mike Bremer, Santa Fe National Forest Archaeologist, to discuss A Century of Research on the Santa Fe Nat’l Forest and Its Impact on Our Understanding of Archaeology in the N. Rio Grande on Tuesday, October 1, at 7 PM at the Methodist Church, 515 Park St. Bremer will trace the history of this research within the Santa Fe National Forest and synthesize the changing understanding of cultural development in the region. Contact Diane McBride, with questions about this program.
The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center announces the deadline for applications for the Florence C. and Robert H. Lister Fellowship, which commemorates the life and work of Florence C. Lister and the late Robert H. Lister. The purpose of the Lister Fellowship is to help graduate students in the final stages of dissertation research and the actual writing of their PhD dissertation. The fellowship is open to Ph.D. candidates at a recognized university in North America. The guidelines for submitting a Lister Fellowship application can be found on Crow Canyon’s web site at the following address: http://www.crowcanyon.org/listerfellow