]No drilling at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
The petition to the Bureau of Land Management reads:
"Protect one of our nation's most significant cultural and historical
Native sites. Stop the proposed fossil fuel lease sales near the Chaco
Culture National Historical Park."
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]No drilling at Chaco
If the Trump regime's war on public lands wasn't already dangerous enough,
Big Oil is now set to destroy one of the nation's most significant
cultural and historical sites if we don't stop them.
On the heels of Donald Trump's reckless decision to slash the size of
Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, Trump and his
fossil fuel regime are ready to hand over drilling rights near the Chaco
Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, threatening 1,000-year-old
Pueblan artifacts and structures of immense cultural, historical and
Public lands enemy Sec. Ryan Zinke, who oversees the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM), plans to put these lands up for lease to the fossil fuel
industry this March. We must act now to prevent these sales from moving
]Tell the Bureau of Land Management: No drilling at the Chaco Culture
National Historical Park. Click here to sign the petition.
The areas in and around the Chaco Culture National Historical Park contain
the threatened ruins of Chaco Canyon â€“ what some have referred to "as
close as the U.S. gets to Egyptâ€™s pyramids and Peruâ€™s Machu Picchu" â€“ as
well as "the remnants of great houses, kivas, ancient roads and sacred
places built a millennium ago by an indigenous people who became
proficient in architecture, agriculture, astronomy and the arts."^1,2
Today, the Navajo people, whose land surrounds the park, regard the Chaco
region as culturally important, and a number of New Mexican Pueblos
consider these sites sacred.^3
In response to massive backlash by the public and Native people to
potential drilling and fracking in the region, the BLM promised tribal
leaders and lawmakers that it would delay lease sales inside a 10-mile
radius of the park until 2020, when the agency could complete a full
assessment to determine the impact drilling would have on ancient sacred
But last summer, the BLM reversed course, and in accordance with Sec.
Zinke's plan to rapidly open up public lands for fossil fuel drilling, put
up 4,800 acres of land near Chaco for sale, some of which lay within the
buffer zone, potentially endangering sacred Native sites.^4
Right now, progressive activists and tribal leaders are organizing
protests on the ground to resist this wholesale giveaway of sacred Native
lands to the fossil fuel industry.^5 We must have their backs and demand
that the Trump regime back down from these lease sales immediately.
Tell the Bureau of Land Management: No drilling at the Chaco Culture
National Historical Park. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Thanks for all you do.
Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director
]CREDO Action from Working Assets
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Â 1.Â Elizabeth Miller, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/20057
]'As close as the US gets to Egyptâ€™s pyramids':
how Chaco Canyon is endangered by drilling," The Guardian, Nov. 8,
Â 2.Â Richard Moe, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/20058
]The Treasures of Chaco Canyon Are Threatened by
Drilling," The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2017.
Â 3.Â Sen. Tom Udall, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/20059
]Udall, Heinrich, LujÃ¡n Urge Secretary Zinke to
Defer All Leases on Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park,"
Sept. 6, 2017.
Â 4.Â Rebecca Moss, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/20060
]N.M. leaders urge feds to protect Chaco from oil
and gas encroachment," The Santa Fe New Mexican, Sept. 8, 2017.
Â 5.Â Rebecca Moss, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/20061
]Over 100 protest BLM plans to lease land near Chaco
Canyon for fracking," The Santa Fe New Mexican, Jan. 17, 2017.