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New Mexico Delegation Introduces Chaco Protection Legislation
New Mexico Delegation Introduces Chaco Protection Legislation Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, S. 1079, a bill to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from...
Museum of Northern Arizona and the Glen Canyon Dam Project Today
Museum of Northern Arizona and the Glen Canyon Dam Project Today Archaeology is still an important research domain at the museum. In 2014, MNA began a cooperative agreement with Glen Canyon National Recreation area to monitor previously-recorded archaeological sites. These are sites known from the ...
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...
Jenny Adams's Amazing Guide to Manos and Metates Available Online
Blogs Worth Reading: Ground Stone Expert Jenny Adams on Identifying Types of Manos and Metates When I first learned about manos and metates used in the U.S. Southwest (in the 1970s), I found it confusing that manos were classified according to one set of types and the metates by a completely differ...
The Chaco Landscape Is Too Important to Lose
Chaco Canyon Might Lack the Monumentality of Egyptian Pyramids, but the Chaco Landscape Is Too Important to Lose In Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, it is still possible to wander the maze of rooms of an ancestral Puebloan village erected roughly 1,000 years ago. Visitors use the same staircases and duc...
Support Building for Bears Ears Monument Declaration
Inter-Tribal Coalition Calls for New National Monument in Southeast Utah A coalition of Tribal Nations presented a proposal to the Obama Administration for a 1.9 million area National Monument in southern Utah. The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition (comprising the Hopi, Navajo, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute...
Woman Vandalizes 10 Western National Parks and Posts the Evidence on Instagram
Woman Vandalizes 10 Western National Parks and Posts the Evidence on Instagram She calls it art, proudly signing her urban-influenced sketches and posting photos of them online, like a sort of Banksy in the wild. The National Park Service calls it criminal. The agency on Thursday announced it was...
Arizona Republic Urges Progress on Archaeological Monuments Expansion
Arizona Republic Urges Progress on Archaeological Monuments Expansion If Arizona were an ugly state, it might be different. There might be more urgency to protect precious natural and archaeological wonders. Instead, efforts to expand Saguaro National Park and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument a...
Annenberg Foundation Purchases and Plans to Repatriate Hopi and Apache Sacred Objects
Annenberg Foundation Purchases and Plans to Repatriate Hopi and Apache Sacred Objects The Annenberg Foundation has revealed that it was an anonymous bidder that paid $530,000 for 24 Native American artifacts that were being sold at a controversial auction in Paris earlier this week. The Los Angeles-...
Oil and Gas Leases Pushed Back 10 Miles from Chaco Park Boundary
BLM Prevents Oil and Gas Drilling on Chaco Culture Park Boundary Opponents of drilling near Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico have received a reprieve from proposals to drill on U.S. Bureau of Land Management parcels bordering the park, which is home to ancestral Puebloan ruins. Th...
Tohono O'odham Nation Protests Pipeline That Would Impact Cultural Sites
Tohono O'odham Nation Protests Pipeline That Would Impact Cultural Sites The Tohono O'odham Nation is taking action to officially oppose a proposed pipeline project in the Altar Valley. The Sierrita Pipeline, a Kinder Morgan project, calls for 59 miles of 36-inch pipe to deliver natural gas from ex...
National Trust Seeking Nominations for Threatened Native American Heritage
National Trust Seeking Nominations for Threatened Native American Heritage Recognizing the importance of preserving the Native American traditions, history and culture, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is asking for nominations of Native American endangered sites for its 26th annual list...