Tourists climb Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory, Australia, October 25, 2019.
She likened the Uluru controversy to a furor over plans to build a giant telescope on Hawaii's highest peak, which protesters consider sacred.
Aboriginal elders gather for a ceremony ahead of a permanent ban on climbing Uluru that comes into place on October 26, at Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia's Northern Territory on October 25, 2019.
Signs around the rock have long discouraged climbing, describing Uluru as a "place of great knowledge" and noting that Anangu traditional law prohibits climbing.
In 1993, it became the first official dual-named feature in the Northern Territory when it was renamed "Ayers Rock / Uluru."