There are numerous traditional cultural properties
the entire Stony Valley area. These include village
processing sites and an extremely important ceremonial
ceremonial site includes a natural rocky arch that is
The type of activity proposed would cause it to
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
documentation of a sacred place that has been 'lost'
for many years.
This natural sandstone arch is located within a vast
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"
In summary, the entire Stony Valley area consists of
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.
Salinan Nation Cultural