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Seafair Pow-Wow 2015


Visiting the New Gold Butte National Monument

The new Gold Butte National Monument covers nearly 300,000 acres of remote and rugged desert landscape in southeastern Nevada. The area is less than two hours from the Las Vegas Strip, but a world apart. Here dramatically chiseled red Navajo sandstone, twisting canyons, and tree-clad mountains of the adjoining Paiute Wilderness punctuate vast stretches of the Mojave Desert dotted with Joshua trees and desert shrubs.

The 99 mile long Gold Butte National Backcountry Byway provides access to a cross section of the area’s features and begins just south of Interstate 15 near Bunkerville, NV. The first 20 miles of the byway to Whitney Pockets are mostly paved and accessible by passenger vehicles. Other unpaved portions of the route can be accessed by high clearance vehicles and some may require 4-WD. Check visitor kiosks for area information.

The brightly hued sandstone provides a stunning canvas for the area’s famously beautiful rock art, and the desert provides critical habitat for the desert tortoise. The byway and other routes provide access outdoor recreation, and visitors to the monument can camp (undeveloped), hike to fantastic rock formations and hidden rock art sites, and visit the area’s namesake mining ghost town. Wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities are available and the area even has a population of majestic desert bighorn sheep. A full array of visitor services are available in Mesquite Nevada just north of the new monument. Stock up on supplies as no services are available on the byway or elsewhere in the monument.


The US Military employed many code talkers in World War I and World War II who could transmit coded messages enemy forces wouldn’t understand.  The code talkers would come from Native American tribes who would use codes developed based on their native languages that would be difficult to translate.

Top photo: Choctaw soldiers from World War I.

Middle Photo: Comanche code talkers from the 4th Signal Company of the U.S. Army during World War II.

Bottom photo: Navajo code talkers on Saipan in World War II.



Heartbreaking images show the toxic waste spill currently devastating the Navajo Nation 

The Navajo Nation is facing untold damages after an estimated 3 million gallons of “heavy metal” waste from an abandoned gold mine in Colorado leaked into a creek that feeds the Animas and San Juan rivers. And the group responsible for the spill only makes this story more tragic and ironic.

Sunrise over Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is definitely worth getting up early to see. Steven Hirsch captured this incredible photo from Navajo Point – the highest overlook on the park’s South Rim. Just a few minutes west of the Desert View Watchtower, this viewpoint offers panoramic vistas to the west and a view north up the Colorado River. Photo courtesy of Steven Hirsch.

Super Bowl greats gotta start somewhere. Here, Joel Sternfeld captures a junior high team at practice. 

[Joel Sternfeld. The Eagles of Kayenta Junior High School at Football Practice, Kayenta, Arizona, Navajo Nation. April 1987. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Joel Sternfeld]

Jason Brock and other members of OccupyWalkUSA proclaim their solidarity with the Navajo who oppose SB2109 in Fort Defiance chapter’s water settlement forum on April 26th, 2011. After the official conclusion of the public forum, members of the public who felt they were not given a chance to voice their sentiments were granted the microphone.