Topic ID #23347 - posted 9/22/2012 4:18 AM

Colorado's Chimney Rock becomes 103rd national monument



Jennifer Palmer

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Obama creates national monument -- with bipartisan support
Chimney Rock in southwest Colorado on Friday became the 103rd national monument.
By Miguel Llanos, NBC News

Getting Republicans and Democrats to agree on anything, especially when they're in campaign mode, isn't easy, but an ancient rock formation in southwest Colorado on Friday became an exception to the election rule.

Obama administration officials, joined by some Republicans, announced the creation of the Chimney Rock National Monument on a site that was home to the ancestors of Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago.

The move will preserve 4,726 acres of high desert at Chimney Rock, which holds spiritual significance for the Pueblo and other tribes. Some 200 ancient homes and ceremonial buildings are part of the area, many perched 1,000 feet above the Piedra River Valley.

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