Sunrise Rock Ownership (Mojave Cross Location)

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Sunrise Rock Ownership (Mojave Cross Location)

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Post by OLLIE » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:50 am

This was taken from the Mojave National Preserve Website... LINK: http://www.nps.gov/moja/parknews/index.htm

Litigation regarding the cross on Sunrise Rock:

January 19, 2011: On January 10, 2011, attorneys at the Liberty Institute, which represents the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 385 in Barstow, filed suit over ownership of the former site of the Mojave cross. The perceived refusal to expediently transfer ownership to VFW, of a one-acre parcel in Mojave National Preserve, has delayed the replacement of the cross stolen in May 2010. Larry Whalon, Acting Superintendent at Mojave National Preserve, indicates the National Park Service is moving forward with the land transfer pending receipt of instructions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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June 3, 2010: At issue in the Buono case is a 2004 Act of Congress that directed the Secretary of the Interior to transfer to the Veterans of Foreign Wars a parcel of land known as Sunrise Rock in Mojave National Preserve. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court's order enjoining the government from implementing that Act. On April 28, 2010, the Supreme Court reversed. The Ninth Circuit received the Supreme Court's judgment on June 2, 2010. We anticipate that the Ninth Circuit will remand the case to the district court, where we will continue to defend the 2004 Act.

The district court's original injunction prohibiting the display of a cross on Sunrise Rock is still in effect.

The Sunrise Rock cross was recently stolen, and the National Park Service is investigating that crime. Unidentified individuals erected a replica of the cross on Sunrise Rock, and the National Park Service removed that replica to comply with the district court's injunction and National Park Service regulations. It is the United States' position that, once the land transfer is complete and the Veterans of Foreign Wars owns Sunrise Rock, it may erect a replica of the cross if it so desires.
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Re: Sunrise Rock Ownership (Mojave Cross Location)

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Post by gon2srf » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:30 pm

Wow, politics at it's worst.
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Post by OLLIE » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:20 am

gon2srf wrote:Wow, politics at it's worst.
I was hoping the cross was back in place so I did some research on it and found this. Looks like a new cross should be in place by year's end maybe. I wanted to visit the site on a "future" trip. Doesn't look like it will be worth it until the cross is back in place.
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Post by photojeeper » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:35 am

I have photos of the cross. :D I would have to scan them from the Kodachrome slides (taken before digital photos). It is one of many projects I have to do.

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Post by gon2srf » Mon May 02, 2011 3:08 pm

BTW Ollie...is it Sonrise or Sunrise?? Did not want to edit your post cause you never know? :lol:
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Post by OLLIE » Mon May 02, 2011 3:09 pm

gon2srf wrote:BTW Ollie...is it Sonrise or Sunrise?? Did not want to edit your post cause you never know? :lol:
Thanks for the catch Scott. I've editted the titles in all the posts to Sunrise instead of Sonrise. :)
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