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CAVE ROCK CLIMBERS, COURTS, AND A WASHOE INDIAN SACRED PLACE Matthew S. Makley and Michael J. Makley MAKLEY and MAKLEY NEVADA CAVE ROCK NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES/WESTERN HISTORY Praise for Cave Rock Danger, ancient legends, and a legal fight for the sacred. This powerful book . . . is a balanced account of the legal struggle over an important historic site.” —Donald L. Fixico, author of American Indians in a Modern World Against all odds and historical precedents, Nevada’s Washoe Tribe won the right to protect Cave Rock, a sacred cultural site, from sport climbers. This compelling tale of cultural and political persistence explains how they succeeded.” —Sherry L. Smith, author of Reimagining Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880–1940 Cave Rock recounts a lengthy dispute between the Washoe Indians, a small Nevada tribe, and a number of athletes, supported by powerful corporations, who turned a Washoe sacred place on the shore of Lake Tahoe into a worldclass rock-climbing site. The book follows the legal challenges and administrative decisions that finally led to an unprecedented 2007 court ruling prohibiting sport climbing on Cave Rock. Matthew S. Makley is assistant professor of history at Metropolitan State College in Denver. He has written several articles on the history and culture of the Washoe people. This is his first book. Michael J. Makley lives in the eastern Sierra Nevada. He is also the author of The Infamous King of the Comstock: William Sharon and the Gilded Age in the West and John Mackay: Silver King in the Gilded Age, both published by the University of Nevada Press. Cover illustration: Cave Rock, photograph and digital image by Christine Basso. Cover design: Janet Wood University of Nevada Press “ “ c a v e r o c k cave ...


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