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Idiots Vandalize Santa Fe Petroglyphs at La Cieneguilla

By: ABQRAW staff

Posted: 4/11/2022 at 1:45PM


La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs




Some serious cretins of society have done the unthinkable and sprayed graffiti over some ancient native graffiti in Santa Fe. The FBI released a statement and are investigating and offering up a reward for the capture and prosecution of the vandals.


The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the vandalism committed at the La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


On or about January 19, 2022, spray-painted graffiti was discovered on the petroglyphs, located on property managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Most of the petroglyphs date between the 13th and 17th centuries.


The FBI and BLM are investigating.


"Visitors from around the world come to New Mexico to admire wonderful Native American cultural resources like the La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs," said Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the Albuquerque FBI Division. "It's hard to believe someone would try to ruin these priceless works of art and show such disrespect for this area’s unique heritage. The FBI is asking anyone with information about this vandalism to come forward so we can ensure this crime doesn't go unpunished."


“The impacts of damage to these petroglyphs reach beyond public enjoyment of the landscape; it destroys the tribal history within this sacred place,” stated BLM Taos Field Manager Pamela Mathis. “Additionally, this atrocious act takes away from critical scientific, historical and social resources that society cannot recreate.”


Anyone with information about this vandalism is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or online at tips.fbi.gov.


The FBI poster and downloadable photos can be found at: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/vandalism-investigation

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