Target: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Goal: Stop the plan to frack right outside of Chaco Canyon National Historic Park
Chaco Canyon, New Mexico is an ancient and splendid site of Native American culture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, oil and gas companies want to start fracking right outside the National Park, which could threaten the fragile ecosystem and landscape of the Ancient Pueblo peoples.
The Bureau of Land Management has written a new plan opening up a multimillion acre area of New Mexico to fracking and oil drilling. This area contains the Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, which has the most dense and beautiful collection of Ancient Pueblo buildings in the American Southwest. The park was made to preserve one of the most exceptional and important pre-Columbian areas in the United States—the buildings in this area were the largest in North America until the 19th century.
The Chaco Canyon area contains many sites that remain sacred to the Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo peoples. Chaco Canyon has been called “The American Cradle of Civilization” and consists of a series of villages interlinked by perfectly straight roadways. Many of the Great Houses and the roadways are aligned with either the north-south axis or east-west axis.
Not all of the Chaco Canyon buildings lie within the National Park. Around 35 of the Great Houses of the Pueblo people are located outside of the park and are in even more danger than the buildings inside it. These magnificent remnants of an ancient Native American culture could be lost forever if the land around them is opened up for fracking and oil drilling. In place of these remnants would be nothing but a desolate wasteland of industry and pollution. Please urge Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to use her authority to preserve one of America’s greatest vestiges of its Native past.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
Chaco Canyon National Historic Park is one of America’s most culturally, historically, and spiritually important Native American sites. By allowing oil and gas corporations to drill in this area, you are threatening this magnificent and sacred place. Chaco Canyon contains the largest concentration of ancient Native American buildings in the United States and is full of places holy to the Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo peoples.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chaco Canyon should be safe from the clutches of greedy corporations. With your authority as Secretary of the Interior, you can make sure that Chaco Canyon is preserved. Do not allow big oil companies to encroach on this unique and exceptional place and transform it into an industrial wasteland. Please stop the Bureau of Land Management from fracking Chaco Canyon and help us save this wonderful remnant of America’s Native past.
[Your Name Here]
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