Message #280:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: BLM PA and New Mexico
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 12:35:34 -0700


[ Cross-posted from NMAC-L -- SASIG Ed. ]

From: David A. Jr. Phillips 

On June 18, I wrote to the New Mexico BLM, asking for NMAC to be an
interested party in the development of the New Mexico state protocols under
the new BLM nationwide programmatic agreement.  On July 1, I received a
letter from Stephen Fosberg, the BLM New Mexico state archaeologist,
stating that the state-level agreements were "internal administrative
documents" and turning down NMAC's request.  It appears that the BLM's
intent is to prepare the state level protocols, which will affect every
cultural resource on BLM land in New Mexico, without any input from any
interested group.  And this is not just a NMAC issue. Tribes whose
ancestors are buried on BLM land, oil and gas companies, utilities,
ranchers, and everyone else with a stake in how the BLM makes decisions,
will not have the slightest chance to comment on these very critical
decisions.  This is a very disturbing development; in its very first
opportunity to display what it will do when given some freedom of action on
cultural resources, the BLM has opted to slam the door on public
involvement.  My question is, what do they have to hide behind that closed
door?

Dave Phillips
President, NMAC