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Release Date: 05/22/09
Contacts: Erin Curtis (970) 244-3097    

Cultural Finds at BLM’s Indian Creek Area Part of Historic Preservation Month

Grand Junction, CO -- A presentation Thursday night at the Museum of Western Colorado’s Whitman Educational Center will feature prehistoric archaeology in the Indian Creek area on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office. The presentation is part of a celebration of Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month this May.

Research conducted through a partnership between the museum, the Dominguez Archaeological Research Group and BLM will shed more light on the pre-history of Western Colorado and the people who lived here centuries ago.

BLM has identified the Indian Creek area as an important cultural and archaeological resource and an area important to the cultural heritage of the Ute Tribe. The Grand Junction Field Office is currently revising its Resource Management Plan, which lays out how it will manage public lands over the next two decades. The new plan will take into account the importance of protecting this area as a cultural resource while encouraging further scientific research.

"D.A.R.G.’s research is important to BLM as we consider how best to manage public lands while protecting archaeological and cultural resources like those at Indian Creek, and make them available for scientific study," said Grand Junction Field Manager Catherine Robertson. "We are pleased to be a partner in this important work and to share what we’ve learned with the public as part of Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month."

 Geoarchaeology of the Indian Creek Area

Who: Dominguez Archaeological Research Group, BLM and Museum of Western Colorado

What: In this presentation, James C. Miller will describe the Holocene to late Pleistocene deposits in Indian Creek and their associated prehistoric archaeological contexts. Results are part of an area assessment by D.A.R.G.

Where: Museum of Western Colorado’s Whitman Educational Center, 248 South 4th

When: Tonight, Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 05-26-2009