SAVING CHACO CANYON
Podcast from Paradigms
Chaco Canyon and the Greater Chaco Area (25 million square miles) are among the world’s most treasured sacred and archaeological sites, but the region is threatened by fossil fuel extraction. In this 2-part Paradigms we will learn from Native people involved in resisting the expansion of drilling and fracking in the Greater Chaco Area.
Part 2, we will hear from a New Mexico State Legislator Derrick Lente, Executive Director of Salmon Ruins Museum Larry Baker, Eric Blinman Director of the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, and Preservation Archaeologist Paul Reed.
"The oil and gas development has pretty much destroyed our way of life. Our livestock are suffering too. I have been a livestock owner for many years. I made my living by raising sheep and cattle. Now, I am being told by BLM I can only have so many sheep and cattle. My grazing area is getting less and less. But BLM is leasing more and more of the lands to oil and gas development. Soon, there will be nothing left. I believe this is going to happen. My biggest concern is our water, sooner or later it will be contaminated and we will not be able to use our water. How can we get these companies out?"
- Diné Elder, Woody Keetsy, Sr.