RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada tribe is considering plans to protect sacred sites on its reservation after vandals spray-painted gang symbols and graffiti on a landmark feature.
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe closed off public access to the prominent Pyramid and Great Stone Mother tufa rock formations on the lake's east shore after the latter's vandalism two years ago.
Tribal Chairman Elwood Lowery says extensive vandalism over the years is prompting the tribal council to consider a permanent protection plan for all cultural sites on the reservation, about 30 miles northeast of Reno.
He says the plan might involve a permit and fee system, and only allow escorted tours of photographers, historians, scientists and the public to the sites.
Eugene Hattori of the Nevada State Museum in Carson City told the Nevada Appeal that petroglyphs on the reservation are a national and international treasure and also need to be protected.
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