bears ears national monument

Bears Ears National Monument is a United States National Monument located in San Juan County in southeastern Utah, established by President Barack Obama by presidential proclamation on December 28, 2016. The monument protects 1,351,849 acres (547,074 ha) of public land surrounding the Bears Ears, a pair of mesas. The name of the region is the same in each of the native languages represented there; the names are listed in the presidential proclamation as "Hoon’Naqvut, Shash Jáa [sic], Kwiyagatu Nukavachi, Ansh An Lashokdiwe" meaning "Bears Ears". The area within the monument is largely undeveloped and contains a wide array of historic, cultural and natural resources. The monument is co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service (through the Manti-La Sal National Forest), along with a coalition of five local Native American tribes; the Navajo Nation, Hopi, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and the Pueblo of Zuni, all of which have ancestral ties to the region. The monument borders Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and surrounds Natural Bridges National Monument. The monument includes the Valley of the Gods, Indian Creek Canyon, the western part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest's Monticello unit, and the Dark Canyon Wilderness. On June 12, 2017 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke "proposed significantly scaling back the borders" of Bears Ears, a move unprecedented in the history of U.S. National Monuments. Local farmers and ranchers want a "rollback of the protected areas"; others want to drill for oil. On December 4, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered a major reduction in the monument's boundaries, reducing its size by 85 percent. Conservationists plan to challenge the legality of this action in federal court. Wikipedia
The Denver Post Mon, 02/05/2018 - 03:39

Lands stripped from Utah monuments open to claims, leases
The window opened Friday for oil, gas, uranium and coal companies to make requests or stake claims to lands that were cut from two sprawling Utah national monuments by President Trump in December —but there doesn’t appear to be a rush to seize the opportunities.
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Reason Magazine Sat, 02/03/2018 - 14:49

The Puffy Coat Makers at Patagonia Want You to Subside Their Rich Customers
Patagonia and REI: Why should taxpayers fund your wealthy customers' hobbies?
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The New York Times Sat, 01/13/2018 - 19:06

Uranium Miners Pushed Hard for a Comeback. They Got Their Wish.
The Trump administration is set to shrink Bears Ears by 85% next month, potentially opening more than a million acres to mining. But people who live in the Navajo lands nearby are still dealing with the toxic legacy of old mines.
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The New York Times Thu, 01/04/2018 - 18:23

For Native Americans, a ‘Historic Moment’ on the Path to Power at the Ballot Box
“I served for the right to vote. It’s long overdue. We need representation.”
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The Nation Magazine Mon, 01/01/2018 - 22:07

The Far-Right Campaign to Destroy Our National Monuments
The attack on Bears Ears was just the first successful salvo of a robust offensive backed by dark money and powerful allies in Washington.
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Washington Post Wed, 12/27/2017 - 16:41

Analysis | Sen. Orrin G. Hatch said it was an honor to be ‘Utahn of the Year.’ It wasn’t.
The newspaper that named him "Utahn of the year" criticized the senator's record, and said that the designation was meant to anoint the Utahn who had had the most impact, “for good or for ill.”
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