The Proposed Avi Kwa Ame (pronounced Ah-VEE kwa-ah-may) National Monument in Southern Nevada includes 380,000-acres of land that is sacred to 12 Native American tribes, such as the Havasupai, Hualapai, Kumeyaay, Maricopa, Mojave, Pai Pai, Quechan, and Yavapai. Some of the most stunning, biologically diverse, and culturally significant land in the Mojave Desert, Avi Kwa Ame, which is Mojave for Spirit Mountain, is a habitat for plants and animals, like the desert tortoise and others. It is also an epicenter of outdoor recreation.
The area has come under repeated threat of industrial development. A national monument designation will conserve the area while allowing outdoor enthusiasts to continue to recreate, and will preserve Native American ancestral lands and important cultural sites and values, protect wildlife habit and provide economic benefit to nearby communities.