A statement by the President of the Salinan Nation Cultural Preservation Council

There are numerous traditional cultural properties encompassed within

the entire Stony Valley area. These include village sites, cultural

processing sites and an extremely important ceremonial site. The

ceremonial site includes a natural rocky arch that is visibly fragile.

The type of activity proposed would cause it to deteriorate and



In 1980, the Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers directed the

preparation of a "Cultural Resources Reconnaissance and Overview of Fort

Hunter Liggett". In part, the report concludes "The Ceremonial Arch as

described in the Ethnography section of this report represents the

documentation of a sacred place that has been 'lost' for many years.

This natural sandstone arch is located within a vast occupational site

known in contact times as Chuquilim. The cultural significance of this

area mandates total protection. It is recommended that the site which

houses the ceremonial rock and the sites in this general area be placed

off limits to military personnel and civilian hunters" (page 273).


In summary, the entire Stony Valley area consists of overlapping,

integrated and related traditional cultural properties that must not be

altered, vandalized or defaced. Therefore, establishing a bombing range

in this area would be completely inappropriate.


Joe Freeman, President

Salinan Nation Cultural Preservation Association

January 25, 2001

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