Honor Avi Kwa Ame Supporters Applaud Laughlin Town Advisory Board Vote to Support National Monument Designation
Laughlin, NV – Yesterday, the Laughlin Town Advisory Board voted 3-1 to support the designation of Avi Kwa Ame National Monument (Avi Kwa Ame is the Mojave name for Spirit Mountain, which stands at the eastern boundary of the proposed monument boundary).
Supporters of this vote released the following statements:
“Thank you Laughlin Town Advisory Board for your vote of support for the proposed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument that would protect and preserve the natural and cultural landscape as a vital link to our river community and the generations to come,” said Linda Otero, Director of the Pipa Aha Makav Cultural Center.
“It’s so great to see local support for Avi Kwa Ame in gateway communities of Searchlight, Boulder City, and now Laughlin,” said Craig Bakerjian, Campaign Manager of the Honor Avi Kwa Ame campaign. “ The proposed site covers such a unique cultural, ecological, and economic importance to the region, and seeing that reflected in this vote makes me hopeful for Nevada’s fourth national monument.”
About Avi Kwa Ame (Pronunciation: Ah-VEE kwa-meh): Sacred to 12 tribes, the proposed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument is at the center of Yuman creation stories and spiritual ideology and deserves permanent protection. Located between the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Nevada/California border, Avi Kwa Ame, the Mojave name for Spirit Mountain, could be Nevada’s 4th national monument. Covering more than 380,000 acres in southwestern Nevada, it is rich in both history and beauty. The proposed national monument includes petroglyphs; historic mining- and pioneer-era artifacts; rare and threatened wildlife such as the Mojave Desert tortoise and desert bighorn sheep.