Monday, June 12, 2023 – What halting oil drilling at Chaco means for tribes

Pueblo officials support the Biden Administration’s 20-year ban on new oil and gas leases on land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. The Pueblos see the land as sacred and have long pushed to limit outside intrusion from developers. They are at odds with the official position from the Navajo Nation, whose citizens stand to gain financially from new development leases. In addition the action has spurred an investigation into potential conflicts of interest by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, herself a citizen of Laguna Pueblo.


Mario Atencio (Diné Nation), vice president of the Torreon Chapter

Miya King-Flaherty, organizing representative for the Sierra Club Rio Grande chapter

Bill McCabe (Navajo), principal of McCabe and Associates, a consulting business for tribal energy resource development and management

President Buu Nygren, Navajo Nation