Home »News» Famous Moab Petroglyph Destroyed with Graffiti, BLM is giving out a $ 10,000 reward
Moab’s Birthing Rock, a nearly 2,000 year old cultural artifact, has been blatantly destroyed with lewd imagery, slang, and the phrase “white power”.
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Officials at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Utah are offering $ 10,000 for information This resulted in the arrest and conviction of the person (s) responsible for the destruction of Moab’s famous birthstone.
The BLM is offering a $ 10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person (s) responsible. If you have any information about this vandalism, please contact BLM Law Enforcement at 435-259-2131 or 800-722-3998. You can remain anonymous.
– Utah Land Management Bureau (@BLMUtah) April 28, 2021
The famous petroglyph scenes cover periods and cultures, from the Anasazi in AD 1 to the Fremont (AD 450 to 1250) and the Ute (AD 1200 to 1880) Climb to Utah. But this week visitors found the rock defaced with graphic images and offensive language.
Photo credit: Jody Patterson
Jody Patterson, photographer and chief investigator at Archaeological advisor to Montgomery, uploaded photos from Graffiti Tuesday.
“Photos of recent vandalism at the Birthing Rock petroglyph site are making the rounds. Most of the photos show the worst of the worst (the racist slogan, the phallus, etc.), but it looks like at least three panels have been destroyed, including the iconic birth glyph itself, ”Patterson wrote in a post to the Facebook group Grand County Citizens Advocacy Council.
The images were shared on social media Tuesday night and met widespread condemnation. The incident comes less than a month after a climber shot over petroglyphs in Moab’s Sunshine Slab. This person immediately apologized and said he did not realize the cultural significance of rock art.
Interior facilitates land trust designations for tribes
In a similar step Tuesday, Minister of the Interior Deb Haaland placed Order 3400, a measure that immediately reverse Trump-era procedures The BLM said, “Needless to… put on weight[ed] the complexity of the decision-making process and the cause[ed] Delays “for land-in-trust decisions.
The order gave the regional directors of the Bureau of Indian Affairs authority over the decision to trust land. Haaland said this was intended to maintain the tribal trust and take responsibility.
“At Interior, we are committed to working with tribes to protect their lands and to ensure that each tribe has a homeland where its citizens can live together and lead safe and fulfilling lives,” Haaland said in a statement. “Our actions today will help us meet that commitment and give tribes the ability to determine how their land is used – from conservation to economic development projects.”
Placing land in a trust helps tribes reclaim land within or near their reservations, create a land base for tribal communities, and clarify jurisdiction over their land.
If you have any information about the recent vandalism at Birthing Rock, please contact BLM Law Enforcement at 435-259-2131 or 1-800-722-3998. Tips can remain anonymous.