This important update from the Native American Rights Fund blog: Stand Firm for Bears Ears.
Last December, President Obama designated an area of great importance in southeastern Utah as a national monument known as “Bears Ears.” [This week] President Trump signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a two-part review, aimed first at the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah and then at other post-1995 monument designations made pursuant to the Antiquities Act.
The stated policy of the order is to review all monuments created since 1996 to determine if they were created without “public outreach and proper coordination.”
In an email, the organization gave some additional background:
Bears Ears, an area in southeast Utah, is filled with sacred sites, hunting grounds, and medicines that are still used today; it is a place where Native ancestors are buried and to be honored. Despite being such an incredible cultural treasure, the designation as a monument was made only after persistent efforts of many who spoke to the importance of the region. President Obama designated Bears Ears National Monument after two years of public input and meetings in both Utah and DC. The effort to protect Bears Ears was very long, very public, and very robust, which makes yesterday’s order especially offensive.
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