Zim wrote:Never claimed it. If anything it's "owned" by the Native Americans who once lived on this earth before we fucked raped and destroyed them, though they'd never place claim to it.
The tribes around the Black Rock Desert were pretty brutal to each other. Some were driven into the mountains, some were forced to assimilate and some simply went extinct. The Paiute and the Washoe (Washo) tribes warred frequently and the latter were disallowed by the former from riding or keeping horses in order to keep them basically subservient.
In terms of fucked raped and destroyed, they did unto each other for thousands of years what the White Man finally did unto them. There was warfare, genocide and politics there for hundreds or thousands of years before whitey upped the ante. And it's arguable that the same tribals hunted or killed the mammoth, sabertooth cat and other local species into extinction as well.
In terms of the the Black Rock Desert, mother earth doesn't give a fuck who or what you are; she'll kick your ass. There's nothing out there to kill that the sun and the desert haven't already scorched off the planet. One of the playa's most endearing qualities, actually.