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Tribes in Nevada want NMon status for sacred grove of trees

SPRING VALLEY — Near a remote stretch of U.S. Highway 50 between Ely and Great Basin National Park, tribal people for years have been on the defensive in a fight to protect an unusual stand of sacred trees.

The groves of cone-bearing evergreens — known as Bahsahwahbee in Shoshone and swamp cedars by non-Native speakers — have been recognized as a ceremonial site and memorial to American Indian victims of 19th century massacres carried out by soldiers and vigilantes.

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