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Chaco and Naco
Dear Friends, Today let’s start with two short words that rhyme and two consecutive numbers. Chaco and Naco. 10 and 11. Chaco—actually the Greater Chaco Cultural Landscape—is threatened by oil and gas extraction. I sincerely hope that you will take two actions as soon as possible. First,...
Camp Naco Is Back in the News
Bill Doelle, President & CEO (May 4, 2022)—I have spent nearly five decades in southern Arizona. That’s long enough to gain a realistic perspective on the pace of preservation advocacy. Sadly, failure is often rapid. But success often takes decades. Camp Naco has been part of Archaeology S...
New Mexico Senators Introduce Bill to Help Protect Greater Chaco
New Mexico Senators Introduce Bill to Help Protect Greater Chaco U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the lands around Chaco Canyon from further development by the federal government. The bill woul...
San Carlos Apache Lead Fight Against Mining at Oak Flat
San Carlos Apache Lead Fight Against Mining at Oak Flat Dozens of people sang, danced and prayed outside of the San Carlos Apache tribe's office on Thursday morning before heading out on a 44-mile journey in an attempt to protect their ancestral lands at Oak Flat campground. The protesters organize...
Putting the People Back in Camp Naco
By Bill Doelle, President & CEO Camp Naco saw more than 500 visitors in the two days after Thanksgiving as part of the annual Bisbee Home Tour. That’s more people than were ever stationed there at one time! The association of Archaeology Southwest with Camp Naco started a decade ago when Be...
Southern Arizona’s Camp Naco Begins Second Century
Preparing to Serve Again: Southern Arizona’s Camp Naco Begins Second Century Recent infusion of funding helps repair formerly derelict historical military installation and plan for 21st-century use (Tucson, Ariz.) September 30, 2014—Eight years of fervent grassroots efforts to save Camp Na...
Engaging the Complexities of the Borderlands
By Bill Doelle, President & CEO Last Friday, some fresh eyes came to Camp Naco, and they helped me to see some things in new ways. Since 2006, I have worked with Becky Orozco, instructor of Anthropology and History at Cochise College, to preserve the historic adobe buildings at Camp Naco. I...
No New Ruins — A Plea from a Stubborn Optimist
By Bill Doelle, President & CEO Sometimes, archaeologists can prevent ruins. Yes, I said prevent, not preserve. Camp Naco is teaching me life lessons about just how hard it can be to prevent ruins. After working with a devoted team of ruin preventers for the past eight years, it is time...
Raise the Roof! (Preservation Archaeology-style)
By Bill Doelle, President & CEO Finally, it is happening. The hard-luck adobe camp that was part of a “human fence along the border” right after World War I is getting some of the preservation treatments it has needed for two decades. A grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...