Cave Rock: Climbers, Courts, And A Washoe Indian Sacred Place

Author: Michael J. Makley, Matthew Makley,
Publisher: Univ Of Nevada Pr
Keywords: indian, sacred, place, washoe, courts, rock, climbers, cave
Pages: 160
Published: 2010-09-01
Language: English
Category: State & Local, United States, Americas, History,
ISBN-10: 0874178274     ISBN-13: 9780874178272
Binding: Paperback
List Price: 24.95 USD
On August 27, 2007, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an
earlier district court ruling that sport climbing on a Washoe Indian sacred
place in western Nevada must cease. Cave Rock, a towering monolith
jutting over the shore of Lake Tahoe, has been sacred to the Washoe peo-
ple for over five thousand years. Long abused by road builders and van-
dals, it earned new fame in the late twentieth century as a world-class
sport rock-climbing site. Over twenty years of bitter disputes and con-
frontation between the Washoe and the climbers ensued. The Washoe
are a small community of fewer than 2,000 members; the climbers were
backed by a national advocacy and lobbying group and over a hundred
powerful corporations.
Cave Rock follows the history of the fight between these two groups and examines the legal challenges and administrative actions that ultimately
resulted in a climbing ban. After over two centuries of judicial decisions
allowing federal control, economic development, or public interests to out-
weigh Indian claims to their sacred places, the Court s ruling was both un-precedented and highly significant. As the authors conclude, the long-term
implications of the ruling for the protection of Native rights are of equal

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