Bears Ears

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Kate Sarther
Communications Director
Email | (520) 882-6946, ext. 16

 

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
09
Feb

Help Stop Crimes against History on Tribal Lands

Dear Friends, Are you under 30? Do you have children or grandchildren who are under 20? (My grandkids are 6 and 8.) I ask because anyone younger than 20 or 30 years old should live at least another half-century. And there is a lot of uncertainty in those next 50 years. Yes, as promised, I am r...
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2020
27
Oct

Extensive Pleistocene Trackway Preserved in White Sands National Park

Dear Friends,  It’s 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. I just arrived home, fed the cats, fed myself, and sat down to write about my long, satisfying day out on the land. I'm glad that I first read the lengthy interview with Bruce Babbitt, one of the articles that follows. Bruce Babbitt’s story h...
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2020
20
Oct

Bears Ears Monument Advisory Committee Meets as Judge Deliberates

Dear Friends,  For two reasons, I am in a good—very good—mood.  First, I am so grateful that I live in a county that knows how to do mail-in voting right. I am on my county’s permanent mail-in voter list, so my ballot automatically appeared in my home mailbox on October 8. I took the w...
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2020
15
Sep

Take Action Now to Protect Greater Chaco

Dear Friends, Buckle up. There are research reports to read, urgent calls to advocacy to pursue, and a variety of lectures and books to keep you busy. We lead with Paul Reed’s call for action to protect Greater Chaco, because it is time sensitive. Comments on the BLM’s resource management ...
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2020
08
Jul

Commentary: Oil-Gas Leasing Would Encroach on Arches, Canyonlands, Bears Ears

Dear Friends, For the second week in a row, I ventured from my home office. This time, only for a few hours. I “ventured” to the eye doctor, because I really needed some new glasses. I wore a mask. And all the people in the office wore masks. It turned out the technician fitting me for my ...
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2020
05
May

Continuing Coverage: Interior Moves Public Meetings Online, Does Not Postpone Deadlines

Dear Friends, It’s Tuesday afternoon, and I’m getting ready to moderate our second Archaeology Café Online. Tonight’s program will be with John Welch, who directs Archaeology Southwest’s Landscape and Site Protection Program, and our honored guest, Octavius Seowtewa of Zuni Pueblo. John ...
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2020
28
Apr

Federal Report Recommends Uranium Mining near Grand Canyon, Bears Ears

Dear Friends of Southwest Archaeology Today, How are you—how was your week?  Probably not unlike yours, mine was not what I had expected it to be a few months ago. This past Wednesday through Sunday, I would have been in Austin, Texas, attending the Society for American Archaeology’s (SAA...
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2020
21
Apr

Learning from Ancient Southwestern Farming Cultures

Dear Friends of Southwest Archaeology Today, We made it through our first Archaeology Café Online last week. Thanks to all who joined us, and thanks to Paul Reed for his presentation. We’ve linked to the video and some additional material from Paul in this week’s edition below. On May 5 we...
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2020
14
Apr

Indigenous Landscapes of the Grand Canyon

Dear Friends of Southwest Archaeology Today, I hope this finds you well. My week was brightened by another bit of good news from a Preservation Archaeology Field School alumnus: Kiley Stoj (2018) was awarded a Fulbright, as reported by SUNY Cortland. Congratulations, Kiley. As I write this Tue...
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2020
18
Feb

New Management Areas Protect Archaeology in Southwestern Colorado

New Management Areas Protect Archaeology in Southwestern Colorado The Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office has designated three areas of critical environmental concern in Montezuma and San Miguel counties. The new amendment to the 2015 Resource Management Plan designates the Mesa Verde ...
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2020
11
Feb

Final Management Plans for Reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Open Lands to Extraction

Final Management Plans for Reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Open Lands to Extraction Thursday the Trump administration announced it was opening two national monuments to development. The culturally and geologically significant Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments will ...
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