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The White House says that the president announced Monday that his administration is moving to block new federal oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile radius about Chaco Canyon, one of the nation's oldest and culturally significant Native American sites.

Biden announced a decision at the tribal nations summit of the White House that included important steps that he also saw in improving health, education and justice for Native Americans.

Biden's top policy priorities are the push to stop fossil fuel drilling around a major Native Americans site, but it also raises questions regarding climate change and reducing injustices against Native Americans.

It will also likely generate significant pushback from Republicans and New Mexicos oil and gas industry.

No group of Americans has created and cared more about the preserving that we inherited than tribal nations, Biden said. We must continue to support the dignity of tribal nations.

While Biden wants to push his ambitious climate agenda, he wants to highlight the national importance of Native Americans in protecting the landscape and the impact disproportionate of climate change on tribal populations.

He was criticized for the approval of the Pipe 3, a $9 billion pipeline that would carry a billion dollars of oil through Minnesotas delicate watersheds and tribal lands. Native Americans activists criticized his administration's approval of the line, which would have been implemented by hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil and tribal lands, but he is under heavy criticism for his administration.

As always, the administration's move to protect Chaco Canyon and the surrounding area, known as the National Historical Park, responds to a lot of tribal requests.

The Chaco Canyon park is an area of roughly 330,000 acres, which is the largest in the desert Mesa of north-west New Mexico, was established in 1907 by President Roosevelt. It is a complex and complex society of Pueblo culture, with many sites for which multiple populations of sacred sites and multiple churches are listed. But in the past decade, the Pueblo and other Native groups have expressed a desire to use oil and gas as a barrier of the park.

If Congress enacted short-term drilling bans around the park, there's no longer a long-term or permanent policy to block drilling at its edges.

Before completing the new plan to safeguard the area around Chaco Canyon, the Intern-Sea leader is Deb Haaland, the former environmental activist. Haaland, a former Native American government secretary, is a citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, a sovereign nation in Naquequerque.

The Native people are a sacred place in Chaco that holds deep meaning for the people whose ancestors lived, worked and thrived in this rich cultural legacy, Haaland said. "Now is the time to consider more sustainable protections for the living landscape, and to pass on this rich cultural legacy to future generations. I value and appreciate the many tribal leaders, elected officials and stakeholders who have persistently worked to conserve this special area."

The administration recently proposed tough new regulations on oil and gas producers. The industry representatives immediately asked to discuss that new move.

In the new Mexico area, there doesn't seem to be a scientific or environmental rationale for that 10-mile radius, said Robert McEntyre, a spokesman for the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association. We should not have an arbitrary number that would limit economic opportunities, perhaps the only economic opportunities, in that region.

The number 10 miles is arbitrary in a short time, especially over such many years that could have generational consequences.

In the coming weeks, a government official said, the Department of Land and Administration, a subsidiary of the Interior Department, will publish a notice in the Federal Register. It will include the new oil and gas leases in the 10-mile radius of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park allowing for 20 years.

Once that notice is published, there will be a second-year moratorium on new oil and gas drilling leases in the federal land in the 10-year radius, followed by an initial, two-year moratorium with the subject of public comment period, environmental analysis and formal tribal consultation. The ban would not affect existing valid leases and rights and would not apply to oil, gas, or other minerals owned by private or tribal entities.

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