Greater Chaco Landscsape

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

2020
10
Nov

Interior Appropriations Bill Excludes Chaco Protections

Dear Friends,  Weeks are longer than they used to be. I can barely remember the geologic era of the last time I sat down on a Tuesday evening to write to you.  That’s the problem with archaeologists: We expect time to be linear.  Sometimes, it can be helpful to consider the antitheses ...
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2020
10
Nov

Archaeology Southwest Responds to Draft of FY2021 Interior Appropriations Bill

Taos, N.M. (November 10, 2020)—Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies released a draft of the FY2021 Interior Appropriations Bill. It does not include the current language that prohibits leasing inside the Chaco buffer zone. On behalf of...
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2020
06
Oct

Identifying Sites and Resources in Greater Chaco

Dear Friends, I was pleased to see a major new initiative by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation called the Monuments Project. Mellon has allocated $250 million over the next five years to this effort. From what I gather, the focus is likely to favor urban settings. According to the New York Times...
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2020
22
Sep

Last Chance to Protect Greater Chaco?

Dear Friends,  This week, Greater Chaco continues to be our lead story. If the amended resource management plan developed by the Bureau of Land Management goes forward, future oil and gas extraction directly threatens archaeological sites and other places sacred to Tribes over an extensive area ...
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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
15
Sep

Take Action Now to Protect the Greater Chaco Landscape!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qftRVuGNbxM& Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (September 15, 2020)—We want to thank everyone for supporting us over the last seven years on our efforts to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape from encroaching oil-gas development. Now it is time to ...
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2020
11
Aug

Continuing Coverage: The Return of the Acoma Shield

Dear Friends, I’ll be brief today because there is so much of interest in today’s edition. We're pleased to share powerful journalism from High Country News as our lead item. This is an affecting and in-depth story of cultural patrimony long separated from the Acoma Pueblo community. If you c...
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2020
16
Jun

Senate Vote on Great American Outdoors Act May Come This Week

Dear Friends, How are you today? It has been a week of serious introspection for me, ordering thoughts and finding words. I knew I had an important first step to take: acknowledging my role in systemic racism. I've gathered these thoughts into a blog post I hope you'll read (click here for tha...
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2020
26
May

Continuing Coverage: Feds Extend Deadline for Greater Chaco Comments to September 25

Dear Friends, Good news in today’s headline—Interior Secretary Bernhardt did the right thing. The deadline to comment on the revised management plan for Greater Chaco has been extended to September 25. Paul Reed has updated our information on making and submitting those comments. You can revi...
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2020
19
May

Continuing Coverage: Feds’ Refusal to Postpone Chaco Deadline Fuels Outrage

Dear Friends, Do you need a pick-me-up? Today I offer two. First, your weekly bird note. This began with my friend and colleague John Welch, who directs Archaeology Southwest’s Landscape and Site Preservation Program. (If you missed John’s Archaeology Café Online two weeks ago, you can ca...
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2020
19
May

It’s Time to Make Ourselves Heard and Protect Greater Chaco—UPDATE

Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist Go here for current information as of September 15, 2020. (May 21, 2020)—Everyone’s efforts to get the May 28 deadline extended have paid off! We now have until September 25, 2020, to work on comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bure...
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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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