Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 | 2:02 a.m.
On behalf of the Native Americans who call Southern Nevada home, we want to express our support of the efforts of Friends of Gold Butte to preserve the region as a national monument or national conservation area.
Known as Southern Nevada’s piece of the Grand Canyon, Gold Butte has tremendous significance for native people, as evidenced by the numerous prehistoric petroglyphs that adorn the sandstone walls throughout the area. These drawings are revered and historic writings that share ancient stories and guided travelers through sacred lands as they hunted for game and searched for sustenance.
With its amazing vistas, magnificent canyons and naturally sculpted rock outcroppings, Gold Butte should be cherished by all of us, indigenous people and newcomers alike. The area is popular for everybody who loves the outdoors, including hikers, campers, off-roaders and hunters, as well as for those who are interested in learning more about the history and life of our ancestors.
Sen. Harry Reid has been the leader in the effort to provide appropriate protection so that these lands can be enjoyed by Nevadans for generations to come. We encourage our entire congressional delegation to join him and work together to preserve this treasured masterpiece.
Tso is the chairman of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. Anderson is the chairman of the Moapa Paiute Tribe.