Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

Steven Parker

Number of Pages



This thesis investigates the policy context of U.S. cultural resource management legislation and the ethical values that underlie it. The actions taken by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to preserve and protect cultural resources within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA), Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1964 to 2004, are studied to identify the values embodied within the laws and policies. The BLM's actions are taken as representative of these values and of the barriers and limitations existing within the policy context that challenge their achievement; U.S. law requires cultural resources to be preserved and protected on public lands, but negative effects are commonly observed even with management. There appears to be a gap between what the law intends and the effects resulting from management actions. This thesis seeks to answer the question, If cultural resources within Red Rock Canyon should and can be preserved and protected, how do law, policy and archaeology work together to ensure it happens?


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Controlled Subject

Public administration

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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