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2022
22
Nov

Report: Administration Should Create or Expand 16 National Monuments and Marine Sanctuaries

Dear Friends, I’m picking up on a theme in today’s news stories—continuing coverage. I’m still thinking about Earth’s 8 million human residents. Last week, I shared my relief that current data showed that the rate of growth of global population had declined to less than 1 percent fro...
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2022
17
Nov

Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act Reintroduced

Taos, N.M. (November 17, 2022)—Earlier today, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez jointly reintroduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to permanently withdraw the federal lands and minerals around Chaco Canyon from further mineral developmen...
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2022
15
Nov

Where Do You Fit in among the 8 Billion?

Dear Friends, Here’s a big piece of news. As of this moment—or perhaps yesterday—there are 8 billion people living on our planet. I have a long-term interest in population growth, but my focus on it today actually derives from the location of the washing machine and dryer in my home. ...
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2022
08
Nov

Interior Announces Lifetime Passes for Veterans and Gold Star Families

Dear Friends, We have a climate crisis. The crisis is not theoretical. It is increasingly experiential. In the states of Washington and Alaska, five Indigenous communities received grant awards of $2.1 to $3 million to initiate relocation of their communities—to pioneer a climate adaptati...
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2022
08
Nov

The Diné History of Chaco Canyon

Wade Campbell, Asst. Professor, Boston University Dept. of Anthropology & Archaeology Program (November 8, 2022)—I am a Diné archaeologist whose research explores a variety of Navajo-focused archaeohistorical topics from across Diné Bikeyah—Navajoland—an area that extends beyond the b...
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2022
02
Nov

Experts Reimagine Bedrock Conservation Laws

Dear Friends, Several times over the course of the pandemic, I’ve felt that the pace of in-person meetings has suddenly quickened—and slowed—and then accelerated again. And for sure, for me, the past few days have been a marathon! Last Friday, I attended an in-person meeting of the Four ...
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2022
25
Oct

Lake Powell’s Lowering Reveals More Cultural Sites

Dear Friends, Anyone know what a darning needle is? How about a darning egg? Given that I’m supposed to be writing about Preservation Archaeology, I’ll start by making the point that both are items of material culture. Which is the stuff archaeologists study. For me, they are the items ...
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2022
25
Oct

Unfencing Preservation Archaeology

John R. Welch, Director, Landscape and Site Preservation Program Skylar Begay, Diné (Navajo Nation), Mandan and Hidatsa, Tribal Outreach Fellow Ashleigh Thompson, Red Lake Ojibwe Nation, Director, Tribal Collaboration Initiative Brian Williams, Cherokee Nation, Director, Operations and Fin...
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2022
18
Oct

Interior Proposes to Revamp NAGPRA

Dear Friends, Pursuing Preservation Archaeology often leads me to interesting new topics and places, such as regenerative agriculture. That interest got a big boost over a month ago, courtesy of Dax Hansen, owner of Oatman Flats Ranch on the lower Gila River. He held a meeting in Phoenix to sh...
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2022
04
Oct

Feds Release Planning Documents for Bears Ears National Monument

Dear Friends, Yesterday evening, I introduced season 16 of our Archaeology Café program—SIXTEEN! Last year’s wildly successful program on Avian Archaeology shared diverse examples of the relationships between people and birds through time. This year’s theme focuses on human relationships. ...
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2022
30
Sep

A New Pithouse for the Presidio

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (October 2, 2022)—In 2021, we began conversations with Amy Hartmann Gordon, Executive Director of the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, and Ginger Thompson, Education and Outreach Manager, about what to do with the...
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2022
30
Sep

Because Places Matter to People

Kate Sarther, Content & Communications Director, and Staff (September 30, 2022)—Have you read our newly released 2021 Annual Report? If not, you can find it here. I always enjoy compiling these reports and the sense of satisfaction I—we—you can take in all that we managed to accomplis...
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