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Federal judge upholds ban on climbing at sacred rock

A federal judge on Friday upheld the federal government's ban on climbing at Cave Rock, a sacred site of the Washoe Tribe.

U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben dismissed a lawsuit filed by The Access Fund, a climbers group. The decision allows the U.S. Forest Service to finalize a management plan at the Nevada site.

The Washoe Tribe welcomed the ruling. Traditionally, only medicine men are allowed near Cave Rock.

Get the Story:
Judge tells climbers to keep off Cave Rock (The Reno Gazette-Journal 2/1)
Judge Rules Forest Service Cave Rock Management Plan can Proceed (Washoe Tribe 1/31)

Relevant Links:
Washoe Tribe -
The Access Fund -
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit -

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