SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Racist graffiti has been found covering ancient Native American petroglyphs in Utah on one of Moab’s most popular rock art panels, officials say.
A tour guide from the Moab Tour Company discovered the words “white power” – a phrase associated with white supremacists – on Monday and graphic images on “The Birthing Scene,” a sign on a slab covered on four sides with Native American art. The Utah Bureau of Land Management is offering an award for finding who is in charge.
The art features figures from the Anasazi period nearly 2,000 years ago.
The person who graffiti the racist post must have crossed out their first attempt after misspelling the word “white”.
First-time vandalists can face fines of up to $ 20,000 and up to one year in prison under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.
Local officials are concerned about the increase in vandalism near Moab and across the state.
“It was kind of the icing on the cake, as the boulder itself has a very special meaning to me and to many people in this community,” said Grand County Commissioner Mary McGann. “So their alteration of it struck a chord.
McGann has asked the public to start taking photos of anyone vandalizing petroglyphs or any rock structures and providing them to police, KSTU-TV reported.
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