Subscribe to our Daily Digest e-mail
Checkerboard complicates effort to protect sacred sites

The battle over oil and gas development across the high desert that surrounds Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been brewing for years. The campaign to curb drilling in one of the nation's oldest basins has spanned at least three presidential administrations, with concerns expanding beyond environmental impacts to the preservation of cultural landmarks in what historians say was once an economic and ceremonial hub.

share

Chaco Canyon

7/8/2019

article Art installation at Bayfield library offers glimpse of ‘Chaco and Beyond’
(Colorado) -- Pine River Library’s newest art installation brings some of the Four Corners’ most iconic images to Bayfield through thousands of tiny pen...

7/1/2019

article U.S. House Delays Oil and Gas Leasing on Federal Lands Near New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a one-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling in a 10-mile buffer zone near Chaco Canyon, a sacred and...

6/27/2019

article New Mexico Dems Are Fighting to Protect Sacred Tribal Land From Drilling
(New Mexico) -- On Tuesday night, the House passed an appropriations package that included funding for the Department of the Interior. The bill was never going to lead...

6/26/2019

article U.S. House Approves Bill to Protect Chaco National Historical Park
(Washington D.C.) -- Land managers would be prohibited from using federal funds to approve oil and gas projects near Chaco Culture National Historical Park for the next...
article Chaco drilling moratorium included in spending measure
(New Mexico) -- U.S. land managers would be prohibited from using federal funds to approve oil and gas projects near Chaco Culture National Historical Park for the next...

6/17/2019

article Senators push for hearing on Chaco protection legislation
(New Mexico) -- Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing for a Senate hearing on legislation that would withdraw federal holdings from oil and...

6/16/2019

article Senators push for hearing on Chaco protection legislation
(Washington D.C.) -- Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing for a Senate hearing on legislation that would withdraw federal holdings from oil...

6/8/2019

article Navajo Allottees Defend Mineral Rights And Cultural Heritage In Opposition To Exclusionary Zone Near Chaco Canyon
(New Mexico) -- A bill to halt oil and gas development via a 10-mile exclusionary zone surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park drew opposition from local...

6/7/2019

article The battle to protect historic Chaco Canyon from fracking and drilling
(New Mexico) -- Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a place of immense cultural and historic importance. Chaco is also a place of beauty and wildlife. Elk and...
article The battle to protect historic Chaco Canyon from fracking and drilling
(New Mexico) -- Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a place of immense cultural and historic importance. Chaco is also a place of beauty and wildlife. Elk and...
article Chimney Rock: Experience a rare view into an ancient world this summer
(New Mexico) -- Chimney Rock National Monument offers a rare view into an ancient world with daily tours and monthly programs that are fun and educational for the whole...

6/6/2019

article U.S. Land Managers Shift Position on Chaco Protection Bill
(New Mexico) -- A top official with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday the agency is open to Congress considering legislation limiting federal leases for...

6/4/2019

article US officials to put off oil leases near sacred tribal land in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has agreed to put off oil and gas leasing for a year on land that Native Americans consider sacred surrounding...

5/30/2019

article Interior Backtracks on Plans to Drill in Sacred New Mexico Canyon, For Now
(New Mexico) -- In a rare but potentially brief turn, Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt—a man infamously known for his conflict of interests...
article U.S. Officials Delay Oil Leases Near Sacred Tribal Land And National Park
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation and the Pueblo tribe have won a small victory. The U.S. Department of the Interior has agreed to delay leasing out land to oil and gas...

5/29/2019

article US officials to put off oil leases near sacred tribal land
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has agreed to put off oil and gas leasing for a year on land that tribes consider sacred surrounding Chaco Canyon...

5/28/2019

article Interior secretary, tribes meet amid drilling fight
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt met with leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes at Chaco Canyon National Historical Park on Tuesday,...

5/13/2019

article Chaco Region Wins Reprieve From Fracking
(New Mexico) -- A federal appeals court ruled the Interior Department illegally approved oil and gas drilling near Chaco Canyon. Tribal leaders opposed the drilling near...

5/7/2019

article US Land Managers Ordered to Review Several Drilling Permits
(New Mexico) -- A federal appeals court says U.S. land managers should have done more to consider the cumulative effects on water resources before approving a handful of...

5/1/2019

press release Haaland: State Land Commissioner’s Action Reinforces Efforts To Protect Chaco Canyon
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01) released the following statement Tuesday after New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed an...
article New Mexico State Land Office creates "buffer zone" to stop oil and gas in Chaco Canyon
(New Mexico) -- Thousands of acres of state land in northwest New Mexico will be insulated from oil and gas drilling, after New Mexico State Land Commissioner Stephanie...

4/30/2019

article Which people will make recommendations about land use near Chaco?
(New Mexico) -- A group consisting primarily of tribal leaders and environmental advocates will make recommendations to State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard...

4/27/2019

article The Greater Chaco landscape: The pueblos speak out
(New Mexico) -- Chaco Canyon and its landscape represent arguably the single most significant cultural site on public land in America, but, in an administration not...

4/14/2019

article Oil and gas development complicates effort to protect sacred sites
(New Mexico) -- The battle over oil and gas development across the high desert that surrounds Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been brewing for years. The...

4/13/2019

article Checkerboard complicates effort to protect sacred sites
(New Mexico) -- The battle over oil and gas development across the high desert that surrounds Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been brewing for years. The...
article Tribal, congressional leaders to discuss proposed protections for Chaco Canyon area
(New Mexico) -- Congressional leaders will meet with tribal leaders this weekend to discuss the efforts to protect sacred New Mexico land and the surrounding areas from...
press release New Mexico Delegation Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Haaland Introduce Legislation To Protect Chaco Canyon Area
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, the U.S House Assistant Speaker, and Deb Haaland have introduced...

4/9/2019

article 'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on their ancestral lands...
article New Mexico Wild Celebrates Re-Introduction of Chaco Protection Legislation
(Washington D.C.) -- New Mexico Wild today is celebrating the reintroduction of federal legislation aimed at protecting lands in the greater Chaco region. Senators Tom...
article Udall, Heinrich, Luján and Haaland call for permanent protections around Chaco
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland introduced legislation today that would...

4/8/2019

article BLOG: Native Americans Need to Know their Land will be Protected
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around sacred tribal land that features massive...

4/6/2019

article A sacred trust: We must stand united for Chaco landscape’s protection
(New Mexico) -- Last month, the Navajo Nation and the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) came together for a historic summit to declare our shared commitment to the...

3/25/2019

article Find epic stargazing at ‘New Mexico’s Machu Picchu’
(New Mexico) -- In August 2017, a national, astral phenomenon swept the United States—a total solar eclipse. Friends and families flocked to cities in the path of...

3/23/2019

article Governor Signs Historic Clean Energy Bill, Tribes Push To Protect Sacred Site From Drilling
(New Mexico) -- Making good on a campaign promise, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed landmark legislation that will mandate more solar panels and wind turbines as...

3/22/2019

article Tribes Urge U.S. To Ban Drilling Around Sacred New Mexico Site
(New Mexico) -- 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...

3/21/2019

article Tribes push to protect sacred New Mexico site from drilling
(New Mexico) -- 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...

2/19/2019

article Chaco Canyon at Risk: Interior Nominee Bernhardt Wants to Drill on Lands Sacred to Tribes
(New Mexico) -- The push to open our fragile public lands to more drilling is well and truly on, and it’s clear that David Bernhardt, President Trump’s...

10/12/2018

article All Pueblo Council of Governors: Sacred Chaco Canyon should be preserved for future generations
(New Mexico) -- Last week, we spent time away from our families, jobs and communities to meet with decision-makers in Washington, D.C., regarding a place of sacred...

8/4/2018

article Protecting the sacred — Chaco Canyon, a cultural landscape
(New Mexico) -- There’s something serene and sacred about a place we’ve all come to know as Chaco Canyon — the site of an ancient civilization. Its...

5/23/2018

article Navajos Look to Protect Chaco Canyon
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye wants to protect Chaco Canyon from future mining. Begaye joined pueblo leaders and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and...

visionary sponsor advertisement

sponsor advertisement