Greater Chaco landscape

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Kate Sarther Gann
Communications Coordinator
(520) 882-6946, ext. 16

2021
25
Jan

It's Time to Act Permanently

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (January 25, 2021)—The Greater Chaco Landscape is at great risk from encroaching oil-gas development, which ramped up tremendously over the past four disastrous years of the previous administration. I’m grateful that President Biden and his administ...
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2020
28
Jan

Continuing Coverage: Chaco Buffer Zone

Continuing Coverage: Chaco Buffer Zone Months after the U.S. House passed a bill that would create a long-sought, 10-mile drilling ban on federal land around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the Navajo Nation is demanding Congress cut the proposed protection zone in half. The Navajo Nation C...
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2019
29
Oct

Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Arizona’s Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Arizona’s Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined a bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers to introduce the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act, legislation that would create a federal land exchange to e...
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2019
27
Sep

Archaeology Southwest Applauds Inclusion of Chaco Protection Zone in Appropriations Bill

Taos, N.M. (September 27, 2019)—On Thursday, September 26, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies put forward a $35.8 billion spending package for fiscal year 2020. The bill includes language directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to refrain fro...
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2019
18
Jun

Carleton Bowekaty and the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition

Profile: Carleton Bowekaty and the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition The fight to protect Bears Ears has been going on for over 80 years, since the 1930s. Despite the current setback, [Bowekaty’s] motivations to protect Bears Ears remain strong: Bowekaty wishes to reconnect his people to the land...
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2019
29
May

Breaking News: Interior Commits to One-Year Moratorium on Chaco-Area Leasing

Breaking News: Interior Commits to One-Year Moratorium on Chaco-Area Leasing Last night, Senator Martin Heinrich and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced a commitment from the Department of the Interior to place a one-year moratorium on oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile buffer zone aroun...
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2019
08
May

Mixed Ruling Has Implications for Protecting Greater Chaco

Mixed Ruling Has Implications for Protecting Greater Chaco A federal appeals court has ruled that U.S. land managers should have done more to consider the effects on water resources before approving a handful of oil and gas drilling permits in northwestern New Mexico. The court, in a decision relea...
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2019
08
May

Latest News on Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (May 8, 2019)—A mixed ruling with good news for protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape came out of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver yesterday. The court was ruling on an appeal from district court on a lawsuit filed by environmentalists in New...
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2019
16
Apr

Protecting Greater Chaco - Important Updates

Protecting Greater Chaco Acoma Pueblo tribal Gov. Brian Vallo told members of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources at a hearing in New Mexico that not enough is being done to safeguard sacred sites scattered beyond the national park at Chaco Canyon. Many of the sites involve more ...
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2019
09
Apr

New Mexico Delegation Introduces Chaco Protection Legislation

New Mexico Delegation Introduces Chaco Protection Legislation Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, S. 1079, a bill to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from...
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2019
02
Apr

Art Institute of Chicago Postpones Mimbres Exhibition

Art Institute of Chicago Postpones Mimbres Exhibition “Worlds Within: Mimbres Pottery of the Ancient Southwest,” a display of some 70 pieces from about A.D. 1100 made in what is now southwestern New Mexico, was slated to open May 26 in Regenstein Gallery, the museum’s primary space for tempor...
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2019
26
Mar

Tribes Come Together to Protect Greater Chaco

Tribes Come Together to Protect Greater Chaco Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but are facing the Trump administrati...
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