Resolution to Protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks
May 12, 2014

The All Pueblo Council of Governors passed a resolution to voice support for protecting our cultural heritage at the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.

The Organ Mountains are a sacred site; inhabited and still visited and utilized today to gather plants and minerals used for medicine and traditional practices.

The landscape contains desert shrubs and grasslands in the lowlands, ascending to pinon and juniper woodlands, and ponderosa pines at the highest elevations. It is home to deer, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions and peregrine falcons; as well as rare plants, like the pincushion cactus which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

The Organ Mountains house more than 5,000 archeologically and culturally significant sites, including a site containing the earliest known cultivated corn in the United States and numerous petroglyphs and pictographs, some dating back 8,000 years.

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