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Protecting Native American sacred sites

Resources from the International Observatory for Cultural Heritage

In the March 2018 symposium protesting Trump’s assault on Native American sacred sites, Threatened Heritage: Bears Ears, Chaco, and Beyond (part of the Italian Academy's International Observatory for Cultural Heritage), speakers answered the call for justice by offering outlets for action. Here below is a list of resources. (The videos from our symposium are here.)

· Read President Obama's 2016 proclamation establishing the Bears Ears National Monument, and the 2015 letter to congressmen from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, as well as this recent "N.Y. Times" op-ed opposing the Trump administration's moves.
· Explore the Chaco Research Archive, a wealth of information documenting the history of archaeological research in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
· Follow Utah Diné Bikéyah, a nonprofit organization that supports indigenous communities in protecting their culturally significant, ancestral lands, by helping the five Tribes—Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute, & Uintah Ouray Ute—who are leading the call to protect the Bears Ears cultural landscape.
· Hear the amplified voices of the Ute Indian Tribe at Ute PAC, the first organization of its kind: a tribal PAC that is raising support from the broader population.

News

"Drilling critics appeal to block Chaco-area development": https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2018/06/18/stories/1060084765
"Trump's BLM Ready to Sacrifice Ancient Rock Art for Gas Drilling":
https://www.ecowatch.com/blm-sacrifice-ancient-rock-art-2575120201.html