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An Enlightening and Hopeful Conversation with Sally Jewell
Dear Friends, I ended last week’s note with a call: Let’s get to work! This week, I’d like to take a big-picture view of the work that needs doing. I find the latest issue of Scientific American very helpful. The editors identify the four most pressing science priorities for the...
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...
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...
The Archaeological Backhoe Master and the Early Agricultural Period Footprints - 8/6/2017
The Archaeological Backhoe Master and the Early Agricultural Period Footprints Not long after Dan Arnit made the biggest archaeological find of his career, he had to go build a parking lot. The news of his discovery—3,000-year-old footprints made by a family walking through ancient fields—had ...
New York Times Examines Three Threatened Monuments
New York Times Examines Three Threatened Monuments: Bears Ears, UT The archaeologist Benjamin Bellorado, a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, has conducted research in this area for 20 years. He led me down the side of a trailless canyon on one bright morning, as we stayed on the slic...
The Monument Wars
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 ...