How to Protect Our National Monuments

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Archaeology Southwest’s President and CEO on How to Protect Our National Monuments On April 26, 2017, the President issued an executive order requiring the Department of the Interior to review national monument designations since 1996 that are greater than 100,000 acres.This order assails the fundamentally American concept—certainly present in 1891 Durango—of preserving culturally and naturally […]



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Take Action: Stand with the Antiquities Act

Organ Pipe
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

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 that are greater than 100,000 acres or that might have occurred with […]



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Archaeology Southwest Stands with the Antiquities Act

Bears Ears
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Statement by Archaeology Southwest President and CEO William Doelle (April 26, 2017)—Archaeology Southwest denounces today’s executive order by President Trump, which requires the Department of the Interior to review national monument designations since 1996 that are greater than 100,000 acres or determined to be lacking in adequate public consultation. Although the review, if done in good […]



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Celebrating National Park Week

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (April 19, 2017)—Happy National Park Week! This week, April 15–23, is a nationwide celebration of these public lands and the cultural and natural heritage they protect. Many of us here at Archaeology Southwest spend a lot of time in national parks (and monuments too). Our work takes us to beautiful […]



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Congress Takes Aim at Bears Ears

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Congress Takes Aim at Bears Ears In January, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, called the recently designated Bears Ears National Monument in his state a “travesty.” Hatch vowed to work with President Donald Trump to reverse the December 2016 designation, a stance that many other Utah Republicans have taken in recent months. Utahns like Hatch say the […]



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Fire Adds Richness to the Land

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Fire Adds Richness to the Land The Jemez Mountains are “the poster child” of wildfire problems in the Southwestern U.S. Residents recall too well the evacuations of Los Alamos during the 2000 Cerro Grande and 2011 Las Conchas Fires. They also recall the enormous plumes of smoke rising over our mountains, the loss of hundreds […]



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The Monument Wars

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

The Monument Wars In the West, where I currently live, we have our own unfinished wars: the Indian wars. I was reminded of how unfinished they are this fall, when I attended a demonstration led by Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protest took place in front of the statehouse in Bismarck, North […]



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Bruce Babbit Advocates for a Major Push in Public Lands Protection

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Bruce Babbit Advocates for a Major Push in Public Lands Protection When a racist rancher in Nevada and his armed supporters can command headlines by claiming to own and control publicly owned lands, perhaps it’s time to remind Westerners about the history of the nation’s public-land heritage. Recall that it is we, the American people, who […]



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A Piecemeal Assault on Public Lands

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

A Piecemeal Assault on Public Lands But the real threat to the public lands is not from Congress, or the state legislatures, whose laws would almost certainly be struck down as unconstitutional. The real and constant threat is more subtle, and more piecemeal. Only about a third of the 640 million acres of public land […]



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