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Kate Sarther Gann
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2021
28
Jan

Leasing Pause Is Important First Step

Taos, N.M. (January 28, 2021)—Yesterday, President Biden signed an executive order pausing new oil and gas leasing on federal public lands and offshore water (section 208 of the order). The Department of Interior has been charged with reviewing current leasing and permitting practices. Archaeol...
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2020
29
Dec

Archaeology Southwest Welcomes Wyss Fellow Skylar Begay

Begay’s two-year commitment as Tribal Outreach Fellow will support National Conservation Area campaign in southern Arizona Tucson, Ariz. (December 29, 2020)—Archaeology Southwest is pleased to welcome Skylar Begay for a two-year fellowship made possible by a generous grant from the Wyss Founda...
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2020
18
Dec

Archaeology Southwest Applauds Congresswoman Haaland’s Nomination as Secretary of the Interior

Tucson, Ariz. (December 18, 2020)—Yesterday, Congresswoman Debra Haaland (NM-1) was announced as the Secretary of the Interior nominee by President-elect Joe Biden. Archaeology Southwest welcomes and strongly supports Representative Haaland’s nomination. “If ever a federal agency were in ne...
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2020
10
Nov

Archaeology Southwest Responds to Draft of FY2021 Interior Appropriations Bill

Taos, N.M. (November 10, 2020)—Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies released a draft of the FY2021 Interior Appropriations Bill. It does not include the current language that prohibits leasing inside the Chaco buffer zone. On behalf of...
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2020
28
Sep

Archaeology Southwest Submits Formal Comments on Greater Chaco Management Plan

Tucson, Ariz. (September 28, 2020)—On Friday, September 25, Archaeology Southwest submitted formal comments on the Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) put forth by the Farmington Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Gallup Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (...
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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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