Fire Adds Richness to the Land

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Fire Adds Richness to the Land The Jemez Mountains are “the poster child” of wildfire problems in the Southwestern U.S. Residents recall too well the evacuations of Los Alamos during the 2000 Cerro Grande and 2011 Las Conchas Fires. They also recall the enormous plumes of smoke rising over our mountains, the loss of hundreds […]



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The Bears Ears Report

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Tribal Commission on Bears Ears Declares Revocation of Monument Status Would Be Tragic Members of a newly formed tribal advisory commission for the Bears Ears National Monument reminded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter Friday that his agency must partner with them, and warned him that rescinding or shrinking the monument would be “absolute […]



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Seven Southwestern Archaeology Groups Advocating for Protecting Bears Ears Monument Status

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Seven Southwestern Archaeology Groups Advocating for Protecting Bears Ears Monument Status Seven archaeology groups in the southwest have asked the new Interior secretary to support the Bears Ears national monument designation. Utah lawmakers are calling for an elimination of the monument. Former President Barack Obama designated 1.35 million acres surrounding the twin buttes known as Bears […]



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Identification of a Powerful Matrilineal Descent Line at Pueblo Bonito

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Identification of a Powerful Matrilineal Descent Line at Pueblo Bonito They believe that power and influence in Chaco Canyon was hierarchical, belonged to this small group of people and was passed down through a female line between 800 and 1130 A.D. “At the center of Chaco is an elite matriline,” said Douglas J. Kennett, an […]



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“Kennewick Man” Repatriated

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

“Kennewick Man” Repatriated Less than 24 hours after they were inventoried in Seattle, the remains of the Ancient One — also known as Kennewick Man — were laid to rest at a private ceremony at an undisclosed location Saturday, according Colville tribal chairman Michael Marchand.  The repatriation of the bones, which were found near the Columbia […]



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Oil Drilling Closes in on Chaco Canyon

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Oil Drilling Closes in on Chaco Canyon On January 25, the Bureau of Land Management leased nearly 850 acres of land for drilling in northwest New Mexico, netting close to $3 million. The agency offers leases on millions of acres of public land per year, but this latest sale was unusual. Not only was it […]



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The Monument Wars

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

The Monument Wars In the West, where I currently live, we have our own unfinished wars: the Indian wars. I was reminded of how unfinished they are this fall, when I attended a demonstration led by Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protest took place in front of the statehouse in Bismarck, North […]



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Bears Ears, Gold Butte Designated National Monuments

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Bears Ears, Gold Butte Designated National Monuments Rising from the center of the southeastern Utah landscape and visible from every direction are twin buttes so distinctive that in each of the native languages of the region their name is the same: Hoon’Naqvut, Shash Jáa, Kwiyagatu Nukavachi, Ansh AnLashokdiwe, or “Bears Ears.” For hundreds of generations, […]



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Can National Monuments Be Dissolved?

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Can National Monuments Be Dissolved? As his presidential tenure winds down in the coming weeks, Barack Obama is expected to decide whether to designate some proposed national monuments, including Bears Ears in Utah and two others on Utah’s borders with neighboring states. But Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the race to succeed Obama likely changes the […]



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What You Need to Know about the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

What You Need to Know about the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict In recent weeks, protests against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline across North Dakota have escalated. Native American elders, families and children have set up tepees and tents on a campsite near the pipeline’s path in the hope of stopping its construction. Dave Archambault Jr., […]



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Federal Government Announces New Review of Fracking near Chaco Canyon

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Federal Government Announces New Review of Fracking near Chaco Canyon The federal government announced Thursday that it will study the potential effects of drilling on public and tribal lands near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in the San Juan Basin, an area that is one of the state’s largest centers for oil and gas production. Environmental […]



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High Country News Recaps the Conflict at Bears Ears

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

High Country News Recaps the Conflict at Bears Ears The proposed monument does not include any tribal lands, yet if anyone is home here, it’s Begaye, whose ancestors sought refuge near the Bears Ears during the 1860s, when U.S. troops killed, brutalized and enslaved Navajos before exiling them from their homeland. The Zuni, Hopi and […]



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Native Tribes Decry Utah Public Lands Initiative as a Corporate Land Grab

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Correction: Carrie Heitman Is Leading Chaco Research with Assistance from NASA In the September 25, 2016, issue of Southwest Archaeology Today, I miscredited an article about NASA’s involvement in Chacoan Research to John Kantner, when in fact the project is the effort is being directed by Carrie Heitman. I regret this error and wish Dr. Heitman and […]



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Utah Public Lands Initiative Clears House Committee

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Utah Public Lands Initiative Clears House Committee The House Natural Resources Committee advanced the Public Lands Initiative on Thursday, moving the bill to the full House with a week to go before Congress adjourns until after the election. The PLI, sponsored by Utah Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, would protect part of the Bears Ears […]



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Piecing History Back Together: A Lesson from the Past about the Future of the Bears Ears

Ground Stone Tool
Monday, September 12th, 2016

Ben Bellorado, Archaeologist (September 13, 2016)—Cultural affiliation studies are particularly important tools that Native peoples, anthropologists, and archaeologists use to demonstrate tangible links between people of the ancient past and contemporary societies. These studies are especially significant in the politically charged events presently surrounding the push to designate a national monument around the Bears Ears […]



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Florence Lister Passes

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Florence Lister Passes Florence Lister, a prominent archaeologist in the American Southwest, died Sunday at her home in Mancos. She was 96. “She succeeded in a field that was dominated by men, and she found her own niche, and she lived long enough to write major books that helped the public understand archaeology in the Southwest,” […]



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Continued Momentum for Bears Ears

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

NY Times Recognizes Presidential Legacy through Monument Creation President Obama seems most comfortable outside on an 18-hole golf course, not hunting bear in Colorado, as Theodore Roosevelt did while president in 1905, or deep-sea fishing for tarpon in the Texas Gulf, as Franklin D. Roosevelt, an avid angler, did on a getaway from the White […]



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Ancient Solar Storms Offer a New Method for Calibrating Dendrochronology

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Ancient Solar Storms Offer a New Method for Calibrating Dendrochronology Archaeologists believe they have identified a new way of putting accurate dates to great events of prehistory. Rare and spectacular storms on the sun appear to have left their mark in forests and fields around the planet over the past 5,000 years. Michael Dee, of Oxford […]



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Editorial: Bill Doelle Argues for Preserving Bears Ears

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Editorial: Archaeology Southwest President Bill Doelle Argues for Preserving Bears Ears Public lands don’t offer enough protections, and this remarkable land in Utah is under attack. http://bit.ly/2aXNoFO – Arizona Republic AZ Governor Appoints Kathryn Leonard as the New SHPO On August 8, 2016, Governor Doug Ducey appointed Kathryn Leonard to the position of State Historic Preservation […]



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Explosion and Uncontrolled Fire at Oil Processing Facility 14 miles from Chaco Canyon Confirm Preservationists’ Worst Fears

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Explosion and Uncontrolled Fire at Oil Processing Facility 14 miles from Chaco Canyon Confirm Preservationists’ Worst Fears A recent fire at an oil production site in New Mexico provided environmental advocacy groups with fodder for a long-standing argument: Federal agencies must weigh all impacts of mineral extraction before drilling begins. “These WPX Energy wells were producing […]



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Bears Ears Listening Session: Voices Not Heard

Advocating for Bears Ears
Monday, July 25th, 2016

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (July 25, 2016)—Some walked a few blocks. Others drove an hour or less. I drove seven hours. Not everyone wanted to speak. Some 500 of us (or more) who did want to speak entered a lottery. My guess is that roughly 75 got to speak because their lottery ticket was […]



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Interior Secretary Jewell Conducts Public Meeting on Bears Ears

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Interior Secretary Jewell Conducts Public Meeting on Bears Ears It’s only 10 a.m. on a mid-July morning, yet the mercury in Bluff, Utah, has already topped 80 degrees, and the folks milling around the local community center seek refuge in the rare shady areas.  A row of shiny SUVs with federal government and state or […]



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Debate over Bears Ears Intensifies

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Debate over Bears Ears Intensifies Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. “Don’t erase the traces of America’s past,” the signs read. “Please do not enter interior rooms.” The weathered signs and a similar warning at the trailhead are the only […]



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Archaeology Southwest Urges Action on Bears Ears National Monument

Cliff Dwelling in Cedar Mesa
Friday, July 15th, 2016

Archaeology Southwest Joins Native American Tribes in Calling for President Obama to Protect Bears Ears as a National Monument Tucson, AZ (July 15, 2016)—Archaeology Southwest urges officials from the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Forest Service to recommend that President Obama protect the Bears Ears region in Southeastern Utah as a national monument. […]



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Interior Secretary Jewell to Host Public Meeting on Bears Ears

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Debate over Bear’s Ears Hits Fevered Pitch Rep. Rob Bishop plans to unveil long-awaited legislation next week to preserve some areas of the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah just ahead of a visit by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Bishop also plans to fast-track his much-anticipated Public Lands Initiative (PLI) — which critics worry won’t go […]



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