Oak Flat

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

 

2024
11
Apr

New: Interactive Story Map for an Important Place in the Dinétah

Dear Friends, My last few missives have been downers, focusing as they have on the continuing desecration of the San Pedro Valley by construction of the SunZia powerline. That work proceeds at a rapid pace; last week I counted at least 45 tower pads from the air. During a field trip on Monday of ...
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2024
07
Feb

Tribal Co-Management: What Works Where and How?

Dear Friends, As usual, Archaeologist Southwest staff are busy working on an astonishing range of preservation, outreach, research, and advocacy projects, many of which are garnering media attention. On January 24, Skylar Begay, our Director of Tribal Collaboration in Outreach and Advocacy, pa...
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2023
07
Mar

Rep. Grijalva Introduces Bill to Protect Oak Flat

Dear Friends, I have been “enjoying” learning from someone a mere 27 percent of my age—Greta Thunberg—the 20-year-old Swedish climate activist. It’s necessary to use those quotes, because one does not really enjoy most of what is delivered in The Climate Book. The book is a compen...
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2022
12
Jul

The Significance of Cooperative Land Management

Dear Friends, I’m back in Tucson after a week in the Poconos. Lots of good family time, and even a few birds I’m not used to seeing around Tucson—Eastern Bluebirds, Savannah Sparrows, and Yellow Warblers. Flying on airplanes used to be a wonderful time to settle into a window seat and ma...
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2021
20
Oct

Time for Healing and Justice at Bears Ears

Dear Friends,  For almost 40 years, I have lived in a house that overlooks a desert wash in Tucson. Tonight, as I was driving north from downtown Tucson toward home, the full moon was just topping the ridge of the mountains.  I was struck anew by the incredible beauty of this desert that kee...
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2021
04
May

Continuing Coverage: Vandalism at Birthing Rock

Dear Friends, I’m finally home after wrapping up our Archaeology Café season tonight. I’m really pleased with the presentation Samuel Fayuant and I gave. We’ll share the video in next week’s edition. But now it’s late, and the empty page is a challenge. Especially after I emptied my...
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2021
14
Apr

Biden “Poised to Act” on Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante

Dear Friends, On Saturday, my wife and I flew back to Tucson from Philadelphia. On Monday, I committed to 4,000 pounds of carbon offsets each month in order to counterbalance our trips back to visit the grandkids. It was easy through Terrapass. It’s not a perfect or even an ultimate solution...
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2021
06
Apr

GAO Releases Report on Improving Response to Crimes against Native American Cultural Resources

Dear Friends,  Being vaccinated opens opportunities. That’s why I'm in Newtown, Pennsylvania, typing this. It’s why I flew on an airplane, which is the only realistic option to visit my daughter and grandchildren.  And, as I've noted previously, it's my worries about the world my grandki...
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2021
02
Mar

Hope for Oak Flat

Dear Friends,  Recently, a friend from Phoenix commented that she was looking for a higher-elevation summer home. “I’m tired of breaking records for 115-degree temperatures like we did last summer.” [Fact check: In summer 2020, Phoenix had 145 days in triple digits, 53 days of 110 or more,...
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2021
16
Feb

Grand Canyon Protection Act Would Make Mining Ban Permanent

Dear Friends, COVID news seems to trend from hopeful to frightful on a continual cycle. The uncertainty is unsettling. Nevertheless, my confidence grows, buoyed by clear evidence that the new administration is taking the pandemic very seriously. For quite some time now, most of the news from o...
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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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2021
26
Jan

It’s Time to Permanently Protect the Greater Chaco Landscape

Dear Friends,  Last week’s list of fresh words I hope we'll be using more going forward was a bit too short. Here are the contributions of your word-savvy fellow readers.  Compliance (as say, for mandatory masks) Humor (as in, good humor) (2) Tolerance Thankfulness, Gratefulness, Gratit...
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