“Mount Taylor is a significant part of the cultural history of the Acoma people and many other Native American tribes,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We can’t allow an antiquated mining law--one that has no merit today--to forever scar a place that has tremendous historical and cultural significance to thousands of Americans.”
The potential destruction of Mount Taylor is not limited to mining. If permits are approved, new roads will be constructed, creating congestion on the mountain. The visual and auditory impact will be significant--the sights and sounds of mining on Mount Taylor would forever disturb both the tranquility of the setting and the traditional cultural practices that have taken place there for more than a millennium.