Indigenous tribes and environmental groups sue Trump-era land leases under review

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Voice of America reports that the Bureau of Land Management has assured residents that the plots are outside a 10-mile buffer zone around the park, which Interior Secretary Deb Haaland hopes to keep in place for the next 20 years as part of an initiative to preserve Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The outlet says Navajo Nation officials adamantly support oil and gas development and have even called for the reduction of this buffer zone. These officials do not necessarily represent the wishes of their fellow Diné, as this trial clearly illustrates.

“These Office of Land Management approvals for oil and gas leasing undermine the responsibility of trust that the Office has towards Diné living on Councilor, Ojo Encino and Torreon lands,” said Mario Atencio, organizer of Diné CARE Greater Chaco Energy, in a press release. “There should be no lawsuits for the Bureau to reduce the adverse effects of its oil and rental windfall on the lands of the Grand Chaco Landscape. Somewhere, the bureau’s administration needs to align with Justice40, the “Honoring Chaco” initiative, and other executive orders that are supposed to bring environmental justice to the Diné. »

The group Diné CARE is made up of Navajo Nation community members from Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. He has always fought for environmental protection since 1988. Diné CARE has previously challenged fracking near the Grand Chaco region, coal mining on Navajo Nation lands, and oil and gas development. gas, citing clean air issues.

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