San Juan Basin
Archaeological Society

Chapter of the Colorado
Archaeological Society
Lewis Mill

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archaeological, cultural, and historical resources in the Four Corners region since 1979.


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Next SJBAS Meeting

Wednesday, April 11th 

7:00 p.m. at the Center of Southwest Studies

The next SJBAS meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. After a brief business meeting, Charles DeFerdinando will speak about the 1917-18 flu epidemic and how the D&SNGR train helped it spread. A social will be held before the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the CSWS foyer.

Here are two upcoming special presentations:

2018 Duane Smith Lecture in Southwest Studies - March 22nd

The Center of Southwest Studies welcomes University of Colorado professor Charles Wilkinson on Thursday, March 22nd, as he will deliver the 2018 Duane Smith Lecture in Southwest Studies at 7:00 p.m. in the Fort Lewis College Ballroom. Wilkinson’s lecture, “The Greatness of Bears Ears National Monument: Five Tribes Define a Spiritual Cultural Area in Redrock Utah and Make It Law” is free and open to the public.

When President Obama proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument in December 2016, it marked the first time that Indian Tribes had ever led a campaign for a national monument. The Tribes succeeded in establishing a system of collaborative management of the monument between the Tribes and federal agencies, something that had never been done before. In December 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that claimed to reduce the size of the monument by 85%. But he almost certainly lacked the power to do that; the Tribes have sued and there is every chance that this magnificent and historic national monument will be fully realized.

Charles Wilkinson, Distinguished Professor and Moses Lasky Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, has written 14 books on law, history, and society in the American West. Wilkinson has served on several boards, including the Northern Lights Institute, The Wilderness Society, and the Grand Canyon Trust. Over the years, he has taken on many special assignments for Indian Tribes, States, and the US Department of the Interior, Agriculture, and Justice, including serving on the drafting team for President Clinton’s proclamation creating the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 1996 and acting as Special Advisor to the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument in 2016.

It happened 50 years ago...personal story by Frank Fristensky
Durango Public Library, March 20th at 6:00 p.m.

It has been a short 50 years, since my life and that of thousands of others from the former Czechoslovakia, were changed forever. The invasion of Czech homelands by the Warsaw Pact armies, was spearheaded by the Soviet Red Army, and included the armies of Poland, East Germany, Hungary, and Bulgaria. It took place on August 21, 1968, when the promising “Prague Spring” was forcefully crushed on Brezhnev’s order. This bloody event was the catalyst for stories of life changed, for those who escaped the country, but also for those who remained there. At the time, I was 19 years young and serving in the Czechoslovakian army. I was in Prague, helping to preserve our promising freedom, but to no avail. Come to hear my story.


SJBAS Quick References

SJBAS field trip schedule - Field Trips

SJBAS guide - Quick Reference Guide

SJBAS brochure - Brochure 2018

SJBAS newsletter - Moki Messenger - March 2018

Fort Lewis College

Life-Long Learning lecture series - Winter-Spring 2018 schedule


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