Today, Accountable.US released the following statement in response to reports that President Biden will designate Avi Kwa Ame as the country’s next national monument in southern Nevada. The impending designation would protect roughly 445,000 acres of land, marking the largest new national monument during his tenure in office and a vital step to conserving 30 percent of natural places in the United States by 2030.
The impending Avi Kwa Ame national monument would protect a vital area around Spirit Mountain that is sacred to Native American Communities in the Mojave region and safeguard an invaluable cultural site and environmental habitat for future generations. A wide coalition of indigenous leaders, local communities, and local southern Nevada governments backed the site’s designation.
President Biden’s planned designation of Avi Kwa Ame protects an irreplaceable natural site that is sacred to local tribes and preserves its cultural, environmental, and economic significance for future generations. This designation would be an important step in fulfilling the President’s campaign promise of conserving 30 percent of the country’s land and waters by 2030.”