Chaco Culture National Historical Park
is a United States National Historical Park
hosting the densest and most exceptional concentration of pueblos
in the American Southwest
. The park is located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque
, in a remote canyon cut by the Chaco Wash
. Containing the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico, the park preserves one of the United States' most important precolumbian
cultural and historic areas.
Composing a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the arid and sparsely populated Four Corners region, the Chacoan cultural sites are fragile; fears of erosion caused by tourists have led to the closure of Fajada Butte to the public. The sites are considered sacred ancestral homelands by the Hopi and Pueblo people, who maintain oral accounts of their historical migration from Chaco and their spiritual relationship to the land. Though park preservation efforts can conflict with native religious beliefs, tribal representatives work closely with the National Park Service to share their knowledge and respect the heritage of the Chacoan culture.
(1909–1974) was an American political strategist
, government official, and close associate and friend of President Richard Nixon
during much of Nixon's political career. He served as campaign manager
for the future president's run for the United States Senate
in 1950 and for his vice presidential bid in 1952, and managed the campaigns of other California Republicans
. He was active in each of Nixon's two successful runs for the White House
in low-profile positions. After Congress investigated Chotiner in 1956, suspecting the attorney was using his connections to Nixon for influence peddling
to benefit his private clients, the Vice President and his former campaign manager temporarily parted ways. Nixon recalled him to work on his 1962 gubernatorial
campaign and again for his successful 1968 presidential bid
. After Nixon was inaugurated in 1969, Chotiner received a political appointment to a government position and, in 1970, became a member of the White House staff
. He returned to private practice a year later, but was involved in Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign
. He remained an informal adviser to Nixon until he died in Washington D.C.
following an auto accident in January 1974, and Nixon mourned the loss of a man he described as a counselor and friend.