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2021
15
Apr

Think Before You Bolt That Rock

Shannon Cowell, Preservation Archaeologist (April 15, 2021)—Two people climb the same stretch of a sandstone cliff face in eastern Utah. Centuries stand between them. Both climbers pause at the same spot, each evaluating the cliff face with their own culturally specific priorities. Instead of t...
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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
12
Apr

The Legacy of Marshall Sahlins...Southwestern Archaeologist?

Erin Baxter, Denver Museum of Nature & Science (April 13, 2021)—Marshall Sahlins (1930–2021) passed on Monday, April 5. Sahlins was a giant in cultural anthropology, and his caliber and influence cannot be overstated. He was prolific: his seminal works, from Stone Age Economics (1971) to ...
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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
06
Apr

Archaeology Southwest at the 2021 (Virtual) SAA Meeting

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (April 6, 2021)—This time of year is generally filled with excitement as many of us at Archaeology Southwest prepare to present our current research at the annual meeting of the Society for Ameri...
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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
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
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
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
15
Mar

A [Digital] Tonto Basin Journey

Chris Caseldine, Preservation Archaeology Postdoc, and Grant Snitker, ORISE Postdoctoral Researcher, US Forest Service (March 15, 2021)—What is a path? Dictionary.com defines path as “a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of person or animals. A narrow walk or way.” That seems a re...
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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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