The Bureau of Land Management is investigating vandalism at Birthing Rock, a petroglyph panel in the Moab area estimated to be at least 1,000 years old. The vandalism included the phrase ‘white power’ scrawled over anthropomorphic figures. The BLM Utah office says vandalism and graffiti erase the important stories of Indigenous people who came before us and are still important to the spiritual and cultural lives of living Indigenous communities.
KZMU’s Molly Marcello spoke to former BLM Moab archeologist Don Montoya about what he calls a ‘crisis’ in destructive behavior. Montoya currently works as a consultant for the repatriation of Native American human remains and sacred objects.