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The proposed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument contains some of the most visually stunning, biologically diverse and culturally significant lands in the Mojave Desert. The proposed monument is a global ecological hotspot, providing habitat for a cacophony of plants and animals, including many species found nowhere else on Earth.
The area is considered sacred by the Yuman speaking tribes which include the Mojave, Hualapai, Yavapai, Havasupai, Quechan, Maricopa, Pai Pai, and Kumeyaay. The area is tied to their creation, cosmology, and well-being.
Establishing the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument is a crucial step in the preservation of Native American ancestral lands. For these reasons, tribal leaders, conservation groups, and others are supporting the establishment of the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument.
Designating these lands as a national monument would conserve important cultural sites and values, protect wildlife habitat, benefit our state’s economy, and secure the permanent protection of these lands for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. I support establishing the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument.