Tag Archives: Native Americans

The Line: Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Over Chaco-Area Drilling

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May 4, 2018 – After he seemed to agree that drilling around Chaco Canyon violated historic preservation laws, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to protect the area. While it was good news for the oil and gas industry, Indigenous and environmental activists will seek to appeal his decision. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists talk about the sacredness of the Chaco area to Native Americans and debate whether historic preservation laws need to change.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

For further reading:
Judge dismisses historic preservation claim in drilling case – by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Pure Land: Annette McGivney

Pure Land

February 9, 2018 – In her new book, Pure Land, author Annette McGivney chronicles the decade she spent covering Japanese hiker Tomomi Hanamure’s 2006 murder. The 34-year-old was killed on her birthday near the picturesque waterfalls on the Havasupai Reservation in the Grand Canyon. A Native man, Randy Wescogame, was convicted of her murder.

McGivney followed the case as Southwest regional editor for Backpacker Magazine but couldn’t quite explain why she was unable to let go of the histories that brought Hanamure and Wescogame together. Then, as the Flagstaff-based author and journalist was midway through researching the book, her own past came roaring back into her life and refused to be ignored.


Backpacker: Freefall: Murder in the Grand Canyon
Santa Fe Reporter: 3 Questions
I Am Pure Land