"Protest Derails Chaco National Park Celebration"

"ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It was supposed to be a homecoming of sorts for U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, after her agency spent many months hosting public meetings and talking with Native American leaders about curbing the pace of oil and gas development in the San Juan Basin and protecting culturally significant sites.

But her return to Chaco Culture National Historical Park on Sunday was derailed when a group of Navajo landowners blocked the road, upset with the Biden administration's recent decision to enshrine for the next 20 years what previously had been an informal 10-mile buffer around the World Heritage site.

Social media posts showed protesters yelling “Go Home!” as some held signs that read no trespassing on allottee land."

Susan Montoya Bryan reports for the Associated Press June 12, 2023.


"Chaco Canyon Protest Blocks Event Celebrating Oil, Gas Leasing Ban" (Source New Mexico)

Source: AP, 06/13/2023