Sacred Sites

Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune

A southeastern Utah county commission that used to be a vocal opponent of the Bears Ears National Monument created by President Barack Obama is switching sides in the debate now that it's controlled by Democrats.

Checkerboard at Chaco Canyon Complicates Effort to Protect Sacred Sites

Apr 15, 2019
AP Photo/Jeff Geissler, File

The battle over oil and gas development across the high desert that surrounds Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been brewing for years.

University of New Mexico

Members of Congress are gathering in Santa Fe this month to hold a hearing on the impact of oil and gas development on sites that tribes consider sacred.

Ryan Heinsius

A Democratic Arizona Congressman has reintroduced a bill to reverse a federal land swap allowing a massive copper mine in central Arizona. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the site is considered sacred to members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.


The Arizona Supreme Court has sided with Arizona Snowbowl in a longstanding challenge to artificial snowmaking using reclaimed wastewater. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Hopi Tribe contends it desecrates sacred sites and prevents religious ceremonies.