BIPOC Leaders Protecting Our Public Lands

Photo: Mark Clune
BIPOC Leaders Protecting Our Public Lands
Monumental SHIFT Coalition
Las Cruces, NM

Based in the southwest, the Monumental SHIFT Coalition is a collaborative network of BIPOC-led groups working together to grow the traditional conservation movement to better represent and honor lands and places sacred to its communities. The organization is currently running two National Monument endorsement campaigns: Avi Kaw Ame, or Spirit Mountain, in Nevada and Castner Range in Texas.

Spirit Mountain, called Avi Kwa Ame by the Mojave Tribe, is a mountain within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Laughlin, Nevada. The entire area is considered sacred by ten Yuman-speaking tribes, as well as the Hopi and Chemehuevi Paiute.

Castner Range is located in the Franklin Mountains in the majority-Latinx community of El Paso, Texas.