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Interior Rescinds Science Policy for National Parks
Interior Rescinds Science Policy for National Parks As deputy director of the National Park Service, Michael Reynolds played a key role in developing a sweeping new vision for managing national parks. The new policy, enacted in the final weeks of the Obama administration, elevated the role that sci...
National Monuments Review a Sham?
National Monuments Review a Sham? In a quest to shrink national monuments last year, senior Interior Department officials dismissed evidence that these public sites boosted tourism and spurred archaeological discoveries, according to documents the department released this month and retracted a day ...
Zinke Postpones Chaco Fracking
Zinke Postpones Chaco Fracking “After hearing from tribes, Senators Udall and Heinrich, historic preservation experts and other stakeholders, I’ve decided to defer the sale that was scheduled for later this month,” Zinke said, referring to the state’s Democratic senators, Tom Udall and Mart...
Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape: February 2018 Update
Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (February 2, 2018)—Two things of importance happened this week with implications for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. First, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Gallup Office release...
Archaeology Southwest’s Reaction to Zinke’s Announcement on Reviewed National Monuments
“Boundary adjustments” will eliminate key protections; national monuments must remain as designated Tucson, Ariz. (August 24, 2017)—In response to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s announcement regarding his recommendations for 27 national monuments, including four in Arizona, Archae...
A Target, or a Shield?
Bill Doelle, President & CEO (August 23, 2017)—A giant target hovers over Bears Ears National Monument. And many are gathered to cast their darts. Some, with fierce intention, will aim at the bullseye, confident that piercing the smallest circle will eliminate the new national monument al...
Conservation and Heritage Preservation Communities React To Secretary Zinke's Interim Report
Archaeology Southwest Still Stands with Bears Ears President & CEO Bill Doelle concludes the organization's official statement by asserting: “These are our provisional comments on an interim report. As Secretary Zinke prepares a final report, Archaeology Southwest will continue to compile a...
For Bears Ears, Our National Monuments, and the Antiquities Act
Bill Doelle, President & CEO (May 12, 2017)—The outraged community had the Swedish scientist arrested. The scientist, Gustav Nordenskiöld (1868–1895), had undertaken quite good archaeological excavations, by today’s standards, at cliff dwellings in southwestern Colorado’s Mesa ...
Take Action: Stand with the Antiquities Act
Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator (April 27, 2017)—An attack on one national monument is an attack on all national monuments. On April 26, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order requiring the Department of the Interior to review national monument designations since 1996 ...