More on the Fight for the Antiquities Act
Trump’s decisions have set the table for the most dramatic legal fight over the Antiquities Act since the Supreme Court unanimously upheld President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1908 designation of the Grand Canyon National Monument in 1920. So, how did we get here, and how is this battle likely to play out? http://bit.ly/2EFO92W – Harvard Law Review
Utah’s Governor Herbert: Slashing Monuments Provides a “Reset”
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert told Congress on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s recent move to shrink two national monuments in the state provides a “reset” for all sides of the debate to work on a solution to protect public lands. In doing so, he backed legislation to name the Shásh Jaa’ and Indian Creek national monuments, a bill that environmentalists, tribal leaders and Democrats say doesn’t go far enough to preserve sacred areas in southern Utah. http://bit.ly/2FBMU60 – Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Bears Ears – It’s about Race
“Perhaps I am an idealist, but I hope we can come together and work in good faith, recognizing that we all want these lands to remain public, and we all want to protect their history, archaeology and unique nature. I think when we ascribe good motives to each other, we’ll be more likely to have a productive conversation and more likely to reach an optimal solution for the use of our public lands that everyone can live with.” — Gov. Gary Herbert, speaking on Rep. John Curtis’s bill to wipe away Bears Ears National Monument. http://bit.ly/2EGltGV – Salt Lake Tribune
Interior Department Grants Are Now Subject to Political Review
The Interior Department has adopted a new screening process for the discretionary grants it makes to outside groups, instructing staff to ensure those awards “promote the priorities” of the Trump administration. The Dec. 28 directive, obtained by The Washington Post, represents the latest attempt by Trump political appointees to put their mark on government spending. Last summer, the Environmental Protection Agency instituted a system requiring that a political appointee in the public affairs office sign off on each grant before it is awarded. http://wapo.st/2EJkZzT – Washington Post
Aerial Perspectives for the Common Good – A Profile of Ecoflight
Pilot Gary Kraft of the Aspen-based conservation group EcoFlight banks his Cessna 210 to the north of the Bears Ears — two distinct buttes in southeastern Utah that are sacred to Native American tribes and the namesake features of a national monument created by former President Obama. It’s a crystal-clear morning in December where the colors jump out — the deep green of subalpine firs give way to the browns of dried grasses and the red sandstone of the Bears Ears buttes. Far to the south are multi-colored cliffs and deep gorges cut into Cedar Mesa. A three-member team from the British Broadcasting Corp. occupies half the plane. They ask for and receive permission from Kraft to open the windows so they get clear video and still pictures of the spectacular scenery unfolding from a bird’s-eye view at 10,500 feet in elevation. Wind roars into the passenger compartment, making speech impossible and forcing the passengers to zip their jackets tighter. http://bit.ly/2EG2hcn – Aspen Journal
Verde Valley Archaeological Center Adds Tribute to Artist Paul Dyck to Annual Archaeology Fair
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center (VVAC) has announced the inauguration of the Paul Dyck Celebration of Archaeology in Art show and sale as part of the annual Verde Valley Archaeology Fair. The Paul Dyck Celebration of Archaeology in Art Show and Sale will become an annual event as part of the weekend-long Camp Verde Spring Heritage Festival that includes the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, the Spring Pecan and Wine Festival, and the Verde River Runoff. The Festival has become a Sedona/Verde Valley area favorite and will again take place in heart of historic Camp Verde, Arizona. Last year’s event drew crowds of more than 5,000. http://bit.ly/2FDb2VM – Verde News
Field School Opportunity
Join Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona this summer for the 2018 season of our Preservation Archaeology Field School. Learn excavation, survey, lab analysis, and experimental archaeology techniques while investigating how ancient communities formed during an era of migration and social change in beautiful southwest New Mexico. Funding is available for qualified undergraduate students. Applications due March 5; for more information, see http://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/field-school/.
Peabody Essex Museum Announces The Native American Mellon Education Fellow Program
The Peabody Essex Museum is pleased to announce a new post-graduate education fellowship for 2018, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Beginning in March 2018, this nine-month fellowship will provide support to the research, development and implementation of programs in the museum’s Education Department. The Native American Mellon Education Fellow is fully integrated into the Education Department as a full-time staff member. PEM’s award-winning Education Department manages partnerships with schools, youth organizations, community partners and educators. PEM is committed to re-envisioning the approaches to audience engagement with the museum through programming. The Education Department is currently undergoing a complete evaluation of all of our programming strategies and will begin to pilot new types of experiences through public programming and education programs in 2018. Of particular focus are experiences that authentically support creativity, curiosity and holistic engagement. Furthermore, the Education Department would like to examine current approaches to support new audiences, including the development of a major initiative that will focus on the intersection of schools and museums for underserved students. The Fellow will serve a significant role in the research, development and implementation of this work in 2018. Application deadline is Friday, February, 2, 2018. To access the full position description, application guidelines and application, please visit: http://www.pem.org/naf
Call for Applicants: Native Museum Studies Internships in Santa Fe
Interested in working with Native collections? The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM, offers two nine-month paid internships to college graduates or junior museum professionals. Internships include a salary, housing, and book and travel allowances. Interns participate in the daily collections and programming activities of the IARC and also benefit from the mentorship of the Anne Ray scholar. Deadline to apply March 1, 2018 http://bit.ly/2FBFtvG – SAR
Video Link: The Language of Landscapes
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Lecture Opportunity – Albuquerque
The Albuquerque Archaeological Society presents Dr. Robert Dello-Russo of the University of New Mexico’s Office of Contract Archaeology. Dr. Dello-Russo will discuss Ten Years of Interdisciplinary Research at the Water Canyon Paleoindian Site. 7:30 PM, Tuesday January 16, 2017 Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2000 Mountain Road NW.
Lecture Opportunity – Casa Grande Ruins
Casa Grande Ruins’ annual speaker series continues January 24 through February 28, 2018. At noon on January 24, 2018, Casa Grande Ruins will host Royce and Debbie Manuel, who will present a lecture titled Protecting a Way of Life: Kinship Responsibilities. The speaker series will continue every Wednesday at noon through February 28. Royce Manuel (Akimel O’odham) best describes his work through the “Tools of Yesterday” using plant fiber, primitive bows & arrows, knapping stone, and making agave plant cordage. As a tribal and cultural educator and member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Royce and Debbie specializes in the revival and teaching of artistic traditions while renewing and protecting indigenous knowledge for generations to come. Debbie’s traditional and bi-cultural lifestyles, provides valuable insight and practices in both urban and tribal community settings while preserving their heritage. The program begins at 12:00 pm in the Casa Grande Ruins visitor center theater at 1100 W Ruins Drive, Coolidge AZ, 85128. There is no fee for the program, but normal entrance fees apply.
Lecture Opportunity – Las Cruces
Human Systems Research hosts Carla Van West who will present Droughts, Floods, Freezes: The Role of Climate in the Human History of the American Southwest 7:00 pm in the Social Center Auditorium at the University Terrace Good Samaritan Village, 3011 Buena Vida Circle, Las Cruces, NM
Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
At 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Jan 16th, the Santa Fe Archaeological Society presents Woody Aguilar, San Ildefonso Pueblo; University of Pennsylvania – An Indigenous Archaeology of Resistance. San Ildefonso Pueblo and the Siege at Tunyo, 1694. The Society meets at the back room of the Pecos Trail Café, 2239 Old Pecos Trail.
Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Matthew Barbour, M.A.; Historian and Archaeologist; Northern Regional manager, New Mexico Historic Sites, Department of Cultural Affairs; Research Associate, Office of Archaeological Studies, Museum of New Mexico; Excavator, Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum who will give a lecture: Franciscan Influence in the Pueblos: Religion and Rebellion on Monday, January 15 at 6pm at Santa Fe Woman’s Club 1616 Old Pecos Trail as part of the Ancient Sites Ancient Stories Lecture Series held to honor and acknowledge The Native American Rights Fund and represented tribes in support of Bears Ears National Monument. Admission is by subscription or $15 at the door. No reservations are necessary. Refreshments are served. Seating is limited. Contact Connie Eichstaedt: tel. 505 466-2775; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://southwestseminars.org
Lecture Opportunity – Tucson
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s January 18, 6 to 8:30 p.m. “Third Thursday Food for Thought” dinner at U-Like Oriental Buffet, 5101 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, features archaeologist Todd Bostwick describing and illustrating Hohokam ballcourts known from archaeological sites scattered throughout Arizona. Dr. Bostwick will summarize what archaeologists propose these public structures were used for and discuss how they may relate to the Mexican rubber ball games still played today. This program was made possible by Arizona Humanities. Reservation deadline 5 p.m. January 17. Guests may select and purchase their own dinners from the restaurant’s menu. 520-798-1201 or email@example.com.