White Pine County, Nev. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined representatives from the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, the Ely Shoshone Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of Goshute for a tour of the site of the proposed Bahsahwahbee (or Swamp Cedars) National Monument. Bahsahwahbee is a site of extreme cultural and historical significance to Tribes in Nevada and is home to a sacred and ecologically-unique grove of juniper trees. Senator Cortez Masto has personally called on Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and the Biden administration to support the creation of this monument.
“Recognizing Bahsahwahbee as an official national monument will honor this sacred ground in Eastern Nevada and preserve the landscape for future generations,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “It was an honor to visit this site today, and I’ll continue to work to protect our critical ecological sites and recognize the critical role Tribes in Nevada have played in our cultural heritage.”
A member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, as well as the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator Cortez Masto is a strong voice for the Tribal Nations in Nevada. She recently celebrated the designation of the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument after working with the Nevada congressional delegation to push for the designation. Collaborating with Native leaders, the Senator has delivered millions to Tribal Nations in Nevada to develop housing to serve community elders, veterans, and families, as well as critical federal funding to expand Tribal broadband.