Sacred Land Threatened by Fracking


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Chaco Culture National Historical Park, 4,600 square-miles of Anasazi ruins, and other archeological remains of structures over 1,000 years old, is nestled in the San Juan Basin in the four-corners area of New Mexico. It has long been a sacred place for the Navajo, Pueblo and Hopi people.

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization has considered it a World Heritage site and says it’s:

“remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings and its distinctive architecture – it has an ancient urban ceremonial centre that is unlike anything constructed before or since.”

However, it is now threatened by fracking permits in the nearby area, and local citizens and Native American advocacy groups are suing the US Bureau of Land Management and the Department of the Interior, saying the fracking permits are violates the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

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