Checkerboard complicates effort to protect sacred sites; Susan Montoya Bryan & Felicia Fonseca; AP

A campaign to curb drilling in one of the nation’s oldest oil and gas-producing basins is complicated by a patchwork of land ownership.

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A Fracking Boom Ransacks the Four Corners; Tim Vanderpool; NRDC

Native American activists in northwest New Mexico are putting up a firm resistance as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management hands over their homeland to allies in the oil and gas industry.

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Chaco Canyon at Risk: Interior Nominee Bernhardt Wants to Drill on Lands Sacred to Tribes; Adam Markham; UCSUSA

What’s happening under Bernhardt’s watch in northwestern New Mexico illustrates in microcosm why he is perhaps the worst possible choice for the job as top steward of our public lands.

Source: Chaco Canyon at Risk: Interior Nominee Bernhardt Wants to Drill on Lands Sacred to Tribes

BLM to issue oil leases on land near sacred site; Noel Kirkpatrick; MNN

Land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico is scheduled to go up for sale in March.

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This New Mexico Hotel Was Designed to Mimic a Nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site; Elizabeth Stamp; Architectural Digest

Designed by Gensler, the Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque, New Mexico, allows guests to enjoy a space that was inspired by centuries-old Puebloan culture…

Source: This New Mexico Hotel Was Designed to Mimic a Nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site

Surely Not Every Piece of American Land Deserves an Oil Derrick; Jack Holmes; Esquire

The Trump administration moves to allow oil and gas exploration near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Source: Surely Not Every Piece of American Land Deserves an Oil Derrick

Feds move ahead with oil and gas leases near World Heritage site; Karen Graham; Digital Journal

U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites sacred to Native American tribes.

Source: Feds move ahead with oil and gas leases near World Heritage site

The mystery of Chaco Canyon; KD Leperi; Pique News Magazine

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Celebrating Chaco Canyon — a living, breathing museum; Paul F Reed; Santa Fe New Mexican

USA – Chaco Culture

On April 18, International Day for Monuments and Sites, people from around the world honored cultural and historical treasures that helped shape and continue to guide and inform societies.

These are the places that represent significant eras or events in human history and are so special that they are protected for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Here in Northern New Mexico, we don’t need to look far to find a place that could be the “poster child for this day” — Chaco Canyon.

Greater Chaco is one of just 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. The area contains ecologically, culturally, spiritually and economically significant public lands. The San Juan Basin was the center of Puebloan culture and economic life, and holds thousands of archaeological sites — some of which are more than 12,000 years old. Over many generations, Puebloan people built great houses, astronomical observation sites and ceremonial kivas throughout the Four Corners region. Today, these sites continue to be places of prayer, pilgrimage and a living connection to generations past.

Chaco Canyon was first designated as a national monument by Republican President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907.

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An Introduction to Chaco Canyon; Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank; Brewminate

USA – Chaco Culture

New Mexico is known as the “land of enchantment.” Among its many wonders, Chaco Canyon stands out as one of the most spectacular. Part of Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Chaco Canyon is among the most impressive archaeological sites in the world, receiving tens of thousands of visitors each year. Chaco is more than just a tourist site however, it is also sacred land. Pueblo peoples like the Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni consider it a home of their ancestors.

The canyon is vast and contains an impressive number of structures—both big and small—testifying to the incredible creativity of that people who lived in the Four Corners region of the U.S. between the 9th and 12th centuries. Chaco was the urban center of a broader world, and the ancestral Puebloans who lived here engineered striking buildings, waterways, and more.

Chaco is located in a high, desert region of New Mexico, where water is scarce. The remains of dams, canals, and basins suggest that Chacoans spent a considerable amount of their energy and resources on the control of water in order to grow crops, such as corn.

Read more from source: An Introduction to Chaco Canyon