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The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will defer a planned oil and gas lease auction for some 2,000 acres near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The agency says the three parcels were under evaluation for an October 16th auction but required NEPA and tribal consultation has not yet been concluded.

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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is gearing up for their 2016 excavation season at a group of sites north of Cortez that may hold clues about the changes that prehistoric inhabitants of the area were going through in the seventh and eighth centuries. KSJD's Tom Yoder talked with Caitlin Sommer, supervisory archaeologist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, about their work at the sites so far, and what they hope to learn during their investigations this year.

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A coalition of Native American tribes have come together in an effort to conserve the Bears Ears cultural landscape in southeast Utah. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Ute Mountain Ute Tribe councilwoman Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk about why this place is of special importance to area tribes, why it needs protection, and the effort to create the Bears Ears National Monument.

  • Closure of popular cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park present challenges to visitor expectations during centennial celebrations.

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A new display at the Anasazi Heritage Center explores the diverse history of Native American basketry in the Four Corners from 7,000 years ago to present day. In this special edition of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Sarah Thompson and Bridget Ambler of the Anasazi Heritage Center about this collection and how it celebrates the richness and artistry of basket weaving in the Southwest.

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In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Dody Fugate, an archaeologist who specializes in prehistoric dog remains, about the co-evolution of dogs and humans and the role that dogs played in ancient societies.

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In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with archaeobotanist Dr. Karen Adams about her research into the plant foods that prehistoric people of the Southwest domesticated and ate, and how it sheds light on the food systems of today.

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Archaeological sites in the Four Corners area are increasingly threatened by development of various kinds, but especially from oil and gas exploration and extraction. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with archaeologist Paul Reed from Archaeology Southwest about how archaeologists are trying to protect fragile cultural resources, how tribes are getting involved, and how development is changing how archaeologists do their work.

  • Citizens speak for and against a Master Leasing Plan at workshop hosted by Montezuma County.
  • Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against agents in 2009 antiquities raid in southeast Utah.

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The Native American Graves and Repatriation Act was enacted 25 years ago to help bring human remains and sacred objects back to the tribes to who they are affiliated with. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dan Simplicio, a Zuni tribal member and Cultural Specialist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, about his views on NAGPRA, how it has been problematic for the Zuni tribe, and what needs to change.