Gold Butte Damage Report

Posted by Jim on August 08, 2015

Thanks to Friends of Gold Butte for documenting this. Conditions need to get better in Gold Butte so BLM can get back in there, manage the area and stop further damage. From the report introduction:

Volunteers have documented an increasing level of damage to the land. The report details multiple instances of vehicle trespass into archaeological and historic sites, sensitive desert areas, along washes and riverbanks, and delicate restoration sites. There is also documentation of an unauthorized water delivery system being constructed across several miles of desert. This is not the only damage the area has seen recently. Back in April, 2014 the graves of Arthur Coleman and Billy Garret, two colorful historic figures, were desecrated near the Gold Butte town site.

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“We are deeply dismayed at the extent of destruction that has occurred in this sacred landscape,” said Darren Daboda, Chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiutes. “Originally included in the historic Moapa River Indian Reservation, Gold Butte is part of our cultural heritage. It is important that we act now to prevent further damage.”