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2021
04
May

Continuing Coverage: Vandalism at Birthing Rock

Dear Friends, I’m finally home after wrapping up our Archaeology Café season tonight. I’m really pleased with the presentation Samuel Fayuant and I gave. We’ll share the video in next week’s edition. But now it’s late, and the empty page is a challenge. Especially after I emptied my...
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2021
27
Apr

Protecting Cultural Landscapes on Federal Lands in the Southwest

Dear Friends,  A former politician and current television pundit, who shall not be named here, recently stated that America owes little to Native Americans.  Among the extensive bodies of Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge and information said pundit is ignorant of, he sure missed our l...
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2021
20
Apr

Maize, the Mother of All Things

Dear Friends,  I’ll be brief today.  Our first link will take you to a wonderful essay by Robin Wall Kimmerer. It’s a powerful consideration of relationships among “sun, soil, water, plant, and farmer.” Kimmerer states that, “They have entered into a covenant of reciprocity: if the...
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2021
14
Apr

Biden “Poised to Act” on Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante

Dear Friends, On Saturday, my wife and I flew back to Tucson from Philadelphia. On Monday, I committed to 4,000 pounds of carbon offsets each month in order to counterbalance our trips back to visit the grandkids. It was easy through Terrapass. It’s not a perfect or even an ultimate solution...
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2021
06
Apr

GAO Releases Report on Improving Response to Crimes against Native American Cultural Resources

Dear Friends,  Being vaccinated opens opportunities. That’s why I'm in Newtown, Pennsylvania, typing this. It’s why I flew on an airplane, which is the only realistic option to visit my daughter and grandchildren.  And, as I've noted previously, it's my worries about the world my grandki...
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2021
30
Mar

As Women’s History Month Ends, Celebrate Women Archaeologists—and Consider the Future

Dear Friends: Paul Reed here! I’m stepping in for Bill this week to share some Greater Chaco news. Despite some recent media reports, the situation across the Greater Chaco Landscape is looking up. In addition to the confirmation of Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary, two recent developments ...
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2021
23
Mar

BLM and BIA Push on Plans That Threaten Greater Chaco

Dear Friends,  Debra Haaland is now our new Interior Secretary. Here’s a short video in which she sends a first-day-on-the-job greeting to Interior staff. It made me feel good. Enjoy.  Haaland and her team have a mighty—and mighty challenging—agenda. Interior needs to rebuild and mobil...
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2021
16
Mar

Haaland Confirmed as Secretary of the Interior

Dear Friends,  The good news began this Monday—Deb Haaland was confirmed as the new Secretary of the Interior.  That news further boosted my good feelings that had carried over from last week’s virtual Washington, DC fly-in. David Feinman of the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) organi...
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2021
09
Mar

O’odham History beneath Mesa and Tempe

Dear Friends,  As this lands in your inbox today, I’ll be in Washington, DC—virtually.  John Welch and I are participating in the Conservation Lands Foundation’s (CLF) Local Voices for Public Lands—Virtual Fly-In to Washington, DC. A “fly-in” is an opportunity to advocate for our...
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2021
02
Mar

Hope for Oak Flat

Dear Friends,  Recently, a friend from Phoenix commented that she was looking for a higher-elevation summer home. “I’m tired of breaking records for 115-degree temperatures like we did last summer.” [Fact check: In summer 2020, Phoenix had 145 days in triple digits, 53 days of 110 or more,...
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2021
23
Feb

Grand Canyon Protection Act Introduced in Senate

Dear Friends,  I keep returning to the themes that Scientific American called on the Biden administration to prioritize: COVID-19, climate change, respect for science, and respectful discourse. The latter three issues are highlighted in today’s link to an article by Judy Fahys on Interior’s ...
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2021
16
Feb

Grand Canyon Protection Act Would Make Mining Ban Permanent

Dear Friends, COVID news seems to trend from hopeful to frightful on a continual cycle. The uncertainty is unsettling. Nevertheless, my confidence grows, buoyed by clear evidence that the new administration is taking the pandemic very seriously. For quite some time now, most of the news from o...
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