On Tuesday, Joe Biden struggled to pronounce the name of a new National Monument to honor the Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples.
Biden signed a proclamation establishing the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument, but problems began when he tried to pronounce the name of the monument
Biden first wrote on Twitter:
“Today, I’m proud to use my authority to establish the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument – or “Spirit Mountain” – in Nevada. It’s one of America’s most beautiful landscapes that’s rich in biodiversity and sacred to so many Tribes who have been there since time immemorial.”
Then when we tried to speak, things became a little complicated:
“First, I’m proud to use my authority under the Antiquities Act to establish the… And I want you to know it’s a big deal. The Havenne Qua May… I’m having trouble,” Biden said.
Members of the audience had to shout out the correct pronunciation to Biden.
According to The Hill:
The Avi Kwa Ame monument in Southern Nevada will include the peak also known as Spirit Mountain, which is part of the creation story of several tribal nations. The area is a desert landscape that contains a Joshua tree forest and fauna including the desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise and Gila monster.
It is considered to be one of the most sacred places by the Mojave, Chemehuevi and some Southern Paiute people and is also sacred to other indigenous groups.
Castner Range, in the El Paso area, was a training and testing site for the Army during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The monument will include 6,672 acres of the Franklin Mountain range. It is home to species including the Mexican Poppy flower.