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Not all tribes agree with drilling ban around New Mexico's Chaco Canyon

Posted on AllSides October 6th, 2023
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Native American communities in the Southwest are divided over new federal protections for land some tribes consider sacred.

This summer, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced new protections for an extraordinary archaeological site in New Mexico. The department put a 10-mile buffer zone around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, forbidding drilling for oil and natural gas. Many Native Americans consider Chaco Canyon sacred, but Native communities are divided on the new rule, as Alice Fordham with member station KUNM reports.

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