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2020
17
Jul

Archaeology Southwest Opposes NEPA Rules Change

Tucson, Ariz. (July 17, 2020)—Analysis by Archaeology Southwest of past implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in relation to the Trump administration’s proposed new rules finds that the executive branch of the federal government has failed to honor Congress’s clear inv...
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2020
23
Jun

Grant Award from NEH Funds Tribal Petroglyphs Team

Following on recent field research, specialists from the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe will begin analysis and compilation project with Archaeology Southwest Tucson, Ariz. (June 23, 2020)—Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that it has received a generous $114,219 grant award from the N...
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2020
08
Jun

Archaeology Southwest Submits Formal Comments on Grazing at Sonoran Desert National Monument

Tucson, Ariz. (June 8, 2020)—On Friday, June 5, Archaeology Southwest submitted formal comments to the Lower Sonoran Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding the agency's draft resource management plan to open more than 255,000 acres in the north unit of the Sonoran Desert Mon...
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2020
23
Mar

2020 Preservation Archaeology Field School Canceled

Tucson, Ariz. (March 23, 2020)—The 2020 Archaeology Southwest-University of Arizona Preservation Archaeology Field School has been canceled. Director Karen Schollmeyer has issued the following statement: “It is with great regret that we share the news of the field school’s cancelation. The ...
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2020
13
Mar

A Message to Our Supporters and Friends

March 13, 2020 (updated April 1, 2020) Dear Friends: Following guidelines issued by federal, state, and municipal authorities, and out of sincere concern for your safety and welfare, as well as that of our community, we are temporarily closing our physical offices until further notice. Please ...
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2020
09
Mar

Archaeology Southwest Submits Formal Comments to the Council on Environmental Quality

Tucson, Ariz. (March 9, 2020)—On January 10, 2020, the Trump administration published proposed regulatory changes in the Federal Register. These changes relate to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which was signed into law by President Nixon fifty years ago. This bedrock legislation pr...
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2020
28
Feb

Archaeology Southwest Opposes Fed's Preferred Plan for Chaco-Area Leasing

Taos, N.M. (Feburary 28, 2020)—Today, the Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Regional Office released a joint Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for lands surrounding Chaco Culture National...
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2020
28
Jan

Reed Responds to Council Vote, Clarifies Terms of Proposed Chaco Buffer Zone

Taos, N.M. (January 28, 2020)—Last week, on January 23, delegates of the Navajo Nation Council passed a resolution seeking to reduce the proposed buffer zone around Chaco Culture National Historical Park from 10 miles to 5. (Read reporting in the Santa Fe New Mexican here; read a report at KNAU he...
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2019
20
Dec

Congressional Spending Bill Includes Protection for Greater Chaco

Provisional ten-mile buffer zone passes; president is expected to sign Taos, N.M. (December 20, 2019)—The U.S. Senate has approved a $1.4 trillion spending package for the 2020 fiscal year. The White House has said that the president will sign the legislation. Importantly, the legislation include...
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2019
25
Nov

Archaeology Southwest Formally Opposes BLM Reorganization

Tucson, Ariz. (November 25, 2019)—Today, Archaeology Southwest joined a coalition of heritage preservation and advocacy groups in formally opposing the planned relocation of key offices at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from Washington, DC, to Grand Junction, Colorado, and other locations in ...
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2019
19
Nov

Archaeology Southwest Submits Comments on Tonto National Forest Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Tucson, Ariz. (November 7, 2019)—Archaeology Southwest has submitted formal comments to Neil Bosworth, Superintendent of the Tonto National Forest. The comments responded to the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) released by the forest regarding a proposed copper mine and land exchange. ...
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2019
24
Oct

Archaeology Southwest Supports Boundary Expansion at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Tucson, Ariz. (October 24, 2019)—Today, a bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers led by Representative Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) introduced the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act. This legislation would create a federal land exchange to expand Casa Grande Ruins National Mo...
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