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Nevada Bill Will Protect Sacred Native American Sites

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Governor Steve Sisolak on Tuesday signed a bill to  extend state protections to a sacred Native American site called the Swamp Cedars. 


The site commemorates the thousands of lives lost during three separate massacres by white settlers and US troops. 


It’s an important step for tribal communities seeking recognition of their ancestral claims to the territory now known as Nevada. But Indigenous accounts of the westward expansion of the United States are still dismissed by non-Native people, or completely ignored. 

Amber Torres, Tribal Chair, Walker River Paiute Tribe;  Taylor Patterson, Executive Director, Native Voters Alliance- Nevada;  Willy Bauer, UNLV history professor and citizen of the Round Valley Reservation


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Bert is a reporter and producer based in Reno, where he covers the state legislature and stories that resonate across Nevada. He began his career in journalism after studying abroad during the summer of 2011 in Egypt, during the Arab Spring. Before he joined Nevada Public Radio and Capital Public Radio, Bert was a contributor at KQED and the Sacramento News & Review. He was also a photographer, video editor and digital producer at the East Bay Express.