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2022
06
May

More Than 80,000 Comments Submitted in Support of Chaco Protections

Taos, N.M. (May 6, 2022)—Today was the final day to comment on the Bureau of Land Management's proposed mineral withdrawal for federal lands within 10 miles of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Read New Mexico Wild's press release on the outpouring of support here. Preservation Archaeolog...
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2022
02
May

Now Showing: Protecting Chaco's 10-Mile Zone

New Film Showcases Broad Support from Tribal Leaders for Protecting Federal Lands Surrounding Chaco Canyon Taos, N.M. (May 2, 2022)—We are pleased to announce the public premiere of “Protecting Chaco’s 10-Mile Zone,” a mini-documentary produced by Paul Reed and Archaeology Southwest, and fi...
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2022
05
Jan

Archaeology Southwest Commends Administration's Formal Moves to Protect Greater Chaco

Taos, N.M. (January 5, 2022)—This morning, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took important steps toward permanently protecting the cultural landscape within 10 miles of Chaco Culture National Historical Park when the agency formally proposed to withdraw approximately 351,000 acres of public lan...
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2021
29
Nov

Archaeology Southwest Applauds Release of Interior Department Report to Reform Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Program, Enhance Consideration of Cultural Resources

Tucson, Ariz. (November 29, 2021)—The U.S. Department of the Interior has released its report on the future of the federal oil and gas leasing program. With recommendations that will enhance consideration of cultural resources during the federal oil and gas decision-making process, the report sign...
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2021
15
Nov

Chaco Protection Zone Comes Closer to Being a Reality

Taos, N.M. (November 15, 2021)—Earlier today, at the administration’s first White House Tribal Nations Summit, President Biden and Secretary Haaland announced that the Department of the Interior will take action to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape in northwest New Mexico. Secretary Haaland ha...
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2021
07
Oct

President Biden Restores Protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

(October 7, 2021)—President Biden will take action on Friday, October 8, to restore protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. On December 4, 2017, then-President Trump attempted to reduce the boundaries of Bears Ears by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante...
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2021
29
Sep

Archaeology Southwest Supports Passage of Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act

Tucson, Ariz. (September 29, 2021)—Archaeology Southwest joins national and local conservation organizations in supporting passage of the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act (S. 2256/H.R. 4164). The Act, which is included in the reconciliation package before Congress, would bols...
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2021
24
Aug

NEW REPORT: Former DOI Secretary, Pueblo of Acoma’s Governor, Preservation Group Discuss Impact of Broken Federal Oil & Gas System on West’s Cultural Resources 

Paper from Archaeology Southwest highlights need for overhaul of the federal oil & gas leasing system *** Read the paper here — listen to the press call here *** Washington, D.C. (August 24, 2021)—Today, Archaeology Southwest released a new paper on the impact of the federal government’...
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2021
10
Aug

NSF Award Will Help Expand Massive Archaeological Database in Collaboration with Tribal Advisory Group

Researchers, Tribal cultural representatives, and community scientists to add data on ancient households to cyberSW platform Tucson, Ariz. (August 11, 2021)—Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that a research team led by Preservation Archaeologist Jeffery J. Clark has received a genero...
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2021
25
Mar

Archaeology Southwest Supports Leasing Reform

Taos N.M (March 25, 2021)—This afternoon, the Department of the Interior held a public forum as part of its comprehensive review of the federal oil and gas program. The forum highlighted perspectives from industry, labor and environmental justice organizations, natural resource advocates, Indige...
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2021
15
Mar

Haaland's Confirmation Heralds Transformative Era

Tucson, Ariz. (March 15, 2021)—On the occasion this afternoon of Debra Haaland's confirmation as Secretary of the Interior, Bill Doelle, President and CEO of Archaeology Southwest, issued the following statement: "Haaland’s confirmation as Secretary of the Interior heralds a new and transform...
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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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