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2019
19
Feb

Chaco Landscape Still at Risk

Commentary: Chaco Landscape at Risk What’s happening under Bernhardt’s watch in the remote Greater Chaco Area of northwestern New Mexico illustrates in microcosm why he is perhaps the worst possible choice for the job as top steward of our public lands. Chaco Canyon and thousands of Indigenous ...
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2019
14
Feb

(Yet) Another Southwest: Incipient Preservation Archaeology in Southwest Ethiopia

John R. Welch, Landscape and Site Preservation Program Director (February 15, 2019)—What is it that keeps push-pulling me toward the equator and setting sun? My earliest engagements with archaeology included a fifth-grade fieldtrip from my Denver hometown through the Four Corners, where all-n...
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2019
13
Feb

BLM Temporarily Defers Leases in Chaco Buffer Zone

BLM Temporarily Defers Leases in Chaco Buffer Zone The U.S. Bureau of Land Management reversed course Friday, saying certain land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park would no longer be offered at an oil and gas lease sale in March. Environmental advocates, tribal groups and Democratic lawma...
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2019
08
Feb

Archaeology Southwest Applauds Deferral, Will Continue to Advocate Protections for Greater Chaco

Although BLM has deferred nine oil-gas lease areas in the ten-mile cultural protection zone around Chaco and one of its outliers, Archaeology Southwest and its partners insist on tribal consultation and permanent protection. Taos, N.M. (February 8, 2019)—In response to the Bureau of Land Manageme...
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2019
06
Feb

Parcels within 10-Mile Buffer Zone around Chaco to Go up for Leasing

Parcels within 10-Mile Buffer Zone around Chaco to Go up for Leasing A high point on the Pueblo Alto Trail at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a climb of more than 300 feet, offers a view of landscape scattered with purple-brown brush and carved with ancestral Puebloan ruins. It is here wher...
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2019
29
Jan

Rep. Grijalva Calls for Investigation of Monument Downsizings

Rep. Grijalva Calls for Investigation of Monument Downsizings "I firmly believe that the shrinkage was in response to the coal industry and uranium mining industry — but I stand to be proven wrong," Grijalva said. "That's why we have oversight. That's why we have those investigations." Grijalva s...
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2019
22
Jan

Museum of Northern Arizona and the Glen Canyon Dam Project Today

Museum of Northern Arizona and the Glen Canyon Dam Project Today Archaeology is still an important research domain at the museum. In 2014, MNA began a cooperative agreement with Glen Canyon National Recreation area to monitor previously-recorded archaeological sites. These are sites known from the ...
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2019
15
Jan

Shutdown Leads to Closure of Mesa Verde National Park

Shutdown Leads to Closure of Mesa Verde National Park An unpaid park ranger posted at the front entrance to Mesa Verde National Park has been turning away visitors for about two weeks because the partial federal government shutdown has parked the snowplows. There are no paid plow operators in the p...
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2019
08
Jan

Developing a Land Management Plan for Bears Ears

Developing a Land Management Plan for Bears Ears The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition intends to proceed with the development of a comprehensive land management plan for the 1.9 million-acre landscape that was incorporated into the Coalition’s original proposal to the Obama administration. The C...
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2019
02
Jan

2018’s Top Stories about National Parks

2018’s Top Stories about National Parks From volcanic fireworks and geothermal explosions to political upheaval, the past year frequently saw national parks in the forefront of news. Here's a look back at some of the top stories of 2018 from the National Park System and National Park Service. htt...
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2018
27
Dec

Publication News: Giving Back

Experts in multiple disciplines consider best practices for studies undertaken with Indigenous communities Tucson, Ariz. (December 27, 2018)—John Welch gets in the last word in the just-released, multidisciplinary book dedicated to establishing balanced relationships among researchers and the Ind...
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2018
26
Dec

Their Lands: Native Americans on Monument Reduction

Their Lands: Native Americans on Monument Reduction Every few months for much of his life, the 66-year-old Navajo spiritual leader has trekked from his nearby home to this slice of land in southeastern Utah, not far from the base of the Bears Ears buttes, to gather sage. Throughout the year, he use...
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