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2016
26
Jun

Congressman Grijalva Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Heritage Resources in Arizona (6/26/16)

Congressman Grijalva Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Heritage Resources in Arizona On June 22, 2016, Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that seeks national monument designation for a remarkable cultural landscape known as the Great Bend of the ...
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2016
19
Jun

Archaeologists Petition the White House for a Bears Ears Monument

Archaeologists Petition the White House for a Bears Ears Monument How a 1.9 million-acre parcel in southeast Utah dotted with archaeological and historical sites is managed has been a source of contention for years. Now, with less than one year left of Barack Obama's presidency, multiple groups ha...
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2016
12
Jun

Will a Bears Ears Monument Declaration Lead to Armed Rebellion?

Will a Bears Ears Monument Declaration Lead to Armed Rebellion? For centuries, humans have used the red sandstone canyons here as a way to mark their existence. First came archaic hunter-gatherers who worked in Glen Canyon Linear, a crude geometrical style dating back more than 3,500 years. Then ab...
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2016
06
Jun

Negative Propaganda about Proposed Bears Ears Monument Spreading in Southern Utah

Negative Propaganda about Proposed Bears Ears Monument Spreading in Southern Utah Forged letters and flyers appearing at gas stations and post offices in tribal lands in Utah are spreading false information about a proposal to create a national monument that protects Native American land. The propo...
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2016
29
May

Utah Considers Sale of State Land on Comb Ridge

Utah Considers Sale of State Land on Comb Ridge Officials with the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) are now considering a proposal to sell a 640-acre section on the southern tip of Comb Ridge in San Juan County. This scenic spot, located 6 miles west of Bluff on State...
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2016
22
May

Alarming Surge in Archaeological Looting in Southeastern Utah

Alarming Surge in Archaeological Looting in Southeastern Utah In the past five years, the BLM has reported a surge of disturbing archaeological crimes. Between October 2011 and April 2016, the BLM’s field office in Monticello said it investigated 25 cases of looting, vandalism and disturbance of...
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2016
15
May

The Santa Fe New Mexican Honors the Life's Work of Polly Schaafsma

The Santa Fe New Mexican  Honors the Life's Work of Polly Schaafsma Polly Dix Schaafsma, an archaeologist who has long specialized in Indian rock art, is featured in the current issue of the New Mexico Historical Review, and this month she is receiving two honorary doctorate degrees in recognition ...
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2016
08
May

Former Utah State Archaeologist Kevin T. Jones Makes the Case for a Bears Ears National Monument

Former Utah State Archaeologist Kevin T. Jones Makes the Case for Bears Ears National Monument Looting is a regular occurrence in the Bears Ears region and, according to archaeologists who patrol the area, is on the increase. First protected by the Antiquities Act and later by other statutes, herita...
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2016
01
May

Kennewick Man Finally Declared Native American, Remains to Be Returned to Tribes for Reburial

Kennewick Man Finally Declared Native American, Remains to Be Returned to Tribes for Reburial The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday, opening the process for returning to tribes for burial one of the ol...
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2016
25
Apr

New Mexico Park Visitation Rises

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (April 25, 2016)—The latest statistics show a dramatic increase in visitation to National Park Service (NPS) parks and monuments in New Mexico, for March 2016. Several factors may be responsible for the uptick, including a promotional push by the Park Ser...
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2016
17
Apr

Samuel J. Redman Examines "Bone Rooms" and the Practice of Scientific Racism

Samuel J. Redman Examines "Bone Rooms" and the Practice of Scientific Racism Skeletons and mummified remains of nearly 30,000 people dwell in the vaults of the Smithsonian Institution. Though their voices have long been silenced, what we say about them speaks volumes. In “Bone Rooms,” biological...
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2016
10
Apr

A View of American Politics from the Perspective of Southwestern Archaeology

A View of American Politics from the Perspective of Southwestern Archaeology Inequality. Economic recession. Wage stagnation. These are the buzzwords of the populist uprisings on both the left and the right during this 2016 election season. Although they’re running strikingly different campaigns, ...
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