Save Bears Ears + Staircase-Escalante.
Earlier this month, 45 announced plans to shrink Bears Ears National Monument by 85% and Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly 50%, Utah land that is sacred to many indigenous Americans. 45 says that lifting protection of this land would “return control to the people,” but these power plays don’t benefit the people — they benefit commercial interests. This is about big money looking to make bigger money by ravaging sacred spaces with activities like fracking, logging, and commercial fishing. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to call your representative to demand that they protect these monuments.
These monuments were established during the Obama and Clinton administrations, respectively, by way of the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives presidents the unilateral authority to protect endangered sites on federal lands and in federal waters. The reduction proposed by 45 would represent the largest abuse of the Antiquities Act since its inception.
The land on which Bears Ears sits is incredibly archaeologically rich. There are more than 100,000 ancestral Puebloan sites within the protected area 1.35 million acres, encompassing millions of petroglyphs, ceramics, textiles, and human remains. A coalition of five Utah tribes with ties to the land - the Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe, Hopi and the Pueblo of Zuni - have come together to protect Bears Ears, and have filed a lawsuit with support from the Sierra Club, Patagonia, and other organizations.
This month, Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) introduced legislation to protect Bears Ears National Monument, and it’s our job to make sure our representatives support it. Call your representative today and ask them to protect this sacred land.
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What Trump’s Shrinking of National Monuments Actually Means - National Geographic