Trump's Cut To Utah Monuments Sparks Protests And Lawsuits

  • Trump's Cut To Utah Monuments Sparks Protests And Lawsuits

Trump's Cut To Utah Monuments Sparks Protests And Lawsuits

The plans would break Bears Ears into two national monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante into three separate monuments.

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeDem pushes for oversight on Trump officials using private jets Lack of transparency in national monuments review a disservice to Americans Trump to shrink national monuments next week: report MORE has recommended President Trump shrink the boundaries of two more national monuments, a day after rolling back protected areas in Utah.

The tribes point to a federal lands law from the 1970s that says only Congress can actually reduce or nullify a national monument.

Also Monday, another lawsuit filed by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) challenges the proclamation that takes away about 85 percent of the Bears Ears National Monument, also in Utah. "We will be fighting back immediately".

The California-based company, which is known for its activism, joins a growing number of organizations questioning the Trump administration's authority to slash the areas covered by Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Bears Ears National Monument. "We've fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we'll continue that fight in the courts".

Environmentalists and tribes have already sued over that decision, arguing the federal Antiquities Act does not give the president the power to reduce previously declared monuments.

Zinke told reporters Tuesday he is "fairly confident" Trump will accept his recommendations.

Trump, he says, "listened to the local people, even though they weren't millions of voters, only 15,000 people in our community".

Zinke said his review looked at 150 monuments, with 27 getting the most scrutiny. Patagonia, which sells outdoor clothing and gear, splashed a statement across its website reading "The President Stole Your Land", and calling Trump's move "illegal". They include the Navajo, Hopi, Pueblo of Zuni, Ute Mountain and Ute Indians who consider Bears Ears sacred.

Unlike national parks, which are established by Congress, the Antiquities Act allows national monuments to be designated either by Congress or the president. He made the announcement at the Utah State Capital, with a proclamation signing ceremony that included state and federal lawmakers. The site in southern Utah contains a series of escalating canyons and gorges, and at 1.7 million acres is the largest land area designated as a national monument.

Earlier, Trump met with Mormon leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and toured Welfare Square, the Mormon social services complex during his first trip to Utah as president.