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The Interior Department’s First Memo For Donald Trump Is A Real Howler

In April, with an eye toward selling off public land, President Trump issued an executive order calling for a review of federal land set aside using the Antiquities Act of 1906.

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8/10/2017

article Colorado Springs casino company files application for Bermuda casino
(Colorado) -- Century Casinos Inc. has filed an application to open a casino at the 458-room Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club in Hamilton, Bermuda, with the...

8/4/2017

article A fight over Utah's 'gorgeous' Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- The route to Newspaper Rock — so named because it's carved with ancient petroglyphs — from the tiny city of Monticello, Utah, follows a narrow...

7/31/2017

article Why Americans are fighting over a gorgeous monument called Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The route to Newspaper Rock — so named because it’s carved with ancient petroglyphs — from the tiny city of Monticello, Utah, follows a...

7/30/2017

article Why Americans are fighting over a gorgeous monument called Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The route to Newspaper Rock — so named because it’s carved with ancient petroglyphs — from the tiny city of Monticello, Utah, follows a...
article Let’s be absolutely clear, Secretary Zinke: Nevada’s monuments deserve protection
(Las Vegas) -- When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke leaves Nevada after reviewing the Gold Butte and Basin and Range national monuments, there’s only one acceptable...
article OP/ED: National Monuments Help Preserve Native Cultures
(Utah) -- The recent executive order to review national monuments has left many questioning the fate of Bears Ears National Monument, and 26 other national monuments. It...

7/26/2017

article Former Interior Secretary says Utah lawmakers made outdoor industry feel ‘taken for granted’
(Utah) -- Former U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell was a keynote speaker at the last scheduled Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, and she didn’t...

7/25/2017

article At Bears Ears in Utah, Heated Politics and Precious Ruins
(Utah) -- My entourage and I blew into Bears Ears National Monument in Utah just as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his entourage departed. Actually, I had brought...

7/23/2017

article Native American group urges Zinke to keep Bears Ears a national monument
(Utah) -- A group of advocates who are on a six-state tour to show their support for the Bears Ears National Monument stopped in Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon. Bears...

7/16/2017

article Koch brother funded think tank is behind Utah’s anti-monument push
(USA) -- A Utah resolution calling for the elimination of Bears Ears National Monument turns out to have been authored by a conservative think tank that is largely...

7/5/2017

article Interior secretary recommends scaling down Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- The Trump administration has fired another shot in the long-smoldering Sagebrush Rebellion: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has issued a preliminary...

7/4/2017

article Little support in City of Blanding for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Bears Ears National Monument took center stage again at the June 27 meeting of the Blanding City Council. Blanding residents once again filled the conference...

6/29/2017

article Lawsuits Filed on Utah Monument
(Utah) -- Native American tribes and environmental groups preparing for a legal battle to stop President Donald Trump from dismantling Utah's new national monument...

6/28/2017

article Lawsuits over new Utah monument to test president's power
(Utah) -- Native American tribes and environmental groups preparing for a legal battle to stop President Donald Trump from dismantling Utah's new national monument...

6/27/2017

article Native American Elders & Youth: Why Bears Ears Is Right for Utah
(Utah) -- They know where it began, but they were uncertain where to start. With the release of Secretary Zinke's interim report that signals at a shrinking of Bears...

6/23/2017

article Native American community leaders discuss support of Bears Ears
(Utah) -- In response to Secretary Zinke’s Interim Report recommending the shrinking of the Bears Ears National Monument, Native American community leaders will...

6/22/2017

article Golden Braid Books to host Bears Ears voices in panel discussion
(Utah) -- Keeping native and wild lands in the public domain is not a new controversy in Utah. It is, however, a generations old one in the history of the Native...

6/20/2017

article Counties drawing maps on preferred monument boundaries
(Utah) -- Kane and Garfield counties are drawing new monument boundaries for Grand Staircase-Escalante at the request of the U.S. Department of the Interior as part of...

6/19/2017

article Beyond Division: American Indians Unite to Create Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Sitting on the ground, in a grass clearing surrounded by ponderosa pines, in the shadow of the Bears Ears butte, Angelo Baca speaks first of his grandmother....
article Check out the new book of Native American voices about Bears Ears
(Utah) -- An important new collection of Native American writers essaying the cultural significance of Utah's Bears Ears landscape will be launched with two Utah...
article LA TIMES: Shrinking Utah's Bears Ears National Monument would be one more broken promise to Native Americans
(Utah) -- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke plans to advise President Trump to shrink Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument to a scatter of isolated sites. The...

6/18/2017

article Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump’s call to review 27 national monuments established by three former presidents put in limbo protections on large swaths of land...

6/17/2017

article If Bears Ears monument gets smaller, oil and gas operators are poised to push for drilling rights
(Utah) -- In making their case for rescinding Bears Ears National Monument, Utah officials have downplayed the potential for oil and gas development on the lands that...

6/16/2017

article Interior Secretary Zinke Threatens Safety of Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, is recommending the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be slashed and redistributed following an...
article Our View: A monumental decision
(New Mexico) -- Not that it’s any surprise, but Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending in an interim report that the new Bears Ears National Monument be...

6/15/2017

article Column: Zinke discounts Native voices
(Montana) -- As Secretary Ryan Zinke concludes touring the Bear's Ears, he seems set on committing an adamant political massacre of an ignorance similar to Custer...

6/14/2017

article Cutting up Bears Ears: The ugly racial politics behind the national monument battle
(Utah) -- On Monday afternoon Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proved that even the most mundane of federal powers — the creation and maintenance of national...
article Who Will Handle Bears Ears Shrinkage?
(Utah) -- In a report Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument. In the language of the original 1906 Antiquities Act,...
article Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears
(Connecticut) -- The new leader of the Department of the Interior is rejecting tribal complaints about his controversial recommendation to change the boundaries of the...

6/13/2017

article The Interior Department’s First Memo For Donald Trump Is A Real Howler
(Washington D.C.) -- In April, with an eye toward selling off public land, President Trump issued an executive order calling for a review of federal land set aside using...
article Downsizing Utah monument pleases Republicans, angers tribes
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to downsize the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah was applauded by the state's top Republican...
article Trump Administration Wants To Shrink Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be shrunk. He also is calling on Congress to give...
article Zinke Says Tribes Are ‘Happy’ to Have Bears Ears Modifications; Tribes Disagree
(Utah) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is misrepresenting tribal positions about his plan to reduce a yet unspecified portion of the Bears Ears National...

6/12/2017

article Despite tribal opposition, Trump’s Interior Secretary wants to shrink Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recommended that President Donald Trump cut the boundary of the culturally significant Bears Ears National Monument in an...
article Interior secretary recommends Trump consider scaling back Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended President Donald Trump “revise the existing boundaries” of the Bears Ears National Historic Monument...
article Zinke recommends shrinking size of Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday he recommended President Donald Trump shrink the size of the 1.3-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah...
press release Secretary Zinke Submits 45-Day Interim Report on Bears Ears National Monument and Extends Public Comment Period
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke submitted a 45-day interim report on Bears Ears National Monument to President Donald J. Trump on Saturday...

6/10/2017

article Bears Ears deadline today; announcement expected soon | KSL.com
(Utah) -- The deadline for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to make a recommendation to President Donald Trump on the fate of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument is...
article Interior Secretary to make proposal on Bears Ears monument in test for protected land
(Utah) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is due to make a recommendation to the White House on Saturday on whether to rescind or resize Utah’s Bears Ears...
article Will Bears Ears Remain a National Monument?
(Utah) -- Jonah Yellowman lives in the north end of the Navajo Nation, between Monument Valley, the famous backdrop of many Western movies, and Mexican Hat, Utah, named...

6/9/2017

article OP/ED: 'We want it to be protected': Looming Bears Ears decision weighs on Native Americans' minds
(Utah) -- Native Americans from around Utah began gathering in Comb Wash on Thursday to celebrate Bears Ears National Monument ­— just ahead of an announcement...

6/4/2017

article Judith K. Wellington: Our battle to protect sacred spaces from Trump
(Arizona) -- This month I’m traveling to Washington to call on decision-makers to uphold the Bears Ears National Monument. I do this through my ministry with the...

5/28/2017

article Status of Bears Ears monument in Utah generates 57,000 comments
(Utah) -- Tens of thousands of people from across the U.S. have weighed in about whether the new Bears Ears National Monument should be preserved, downsized or rescinded...

5/27/2017

article Bears Ears comments weigh heavily in favor of monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Commenters on both sides of the Bears Ears National Monument debate say Utah's Cedar Mesa and surrounding lands should be protected, yet many...

5/26/2017

article More than 680,000 Comments Submitted in Support of Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- As part of an abbreviated 15-day comment period, more than 680,000 comments have been submitted online in support of the Bears Ears National Monument to the...

5/25/2017

article A Native American explains why a Bears Ears National Monument would do more harm than good
(Utah) -- For decades we’ve seen special interest groups like Sierra Club and SUWA lobby for the full extinguishment of our rights to public lands using false...
article Bears Ears Monument designation draws thousands of comments
(Utah) -- There's still time to weigh in on the Bears Ears National Monument designation, but online comments must be received by the U.S. Department of Interior by...
article Latest polling shows overwhelming support for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Sixty-four percent of registered voters in Utah believe protections should remain in place for Bears Ears National Monument, compared to just thirty percent...

5/22/2017

article Time is running out to comment on Bears Ears, Arizona monuments
(Arizona) -- Arizonans and tourists alike love the state for the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Three designated national monuments in Arizona may soon lose their...

5/19/2017

article Opinion: Give Bears Ears To Native Americans
(Montana) -- As part of his review of national monuments, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke met with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. The coalition’s message...

5/17/2017

article Native Americans, Non-Natives, at Odds Over Future of Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- For as long as Navajo healer Jonah Yellowman can remember – “all the way back to Creation” – southeastern Utah’s Bears Ears...

5/16/2017

article Battle Over Bears Ears Heats Up as Trump Rethinks Its Monument Status
(Utah) -- Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, stepped into the desert last week at the edge of the 1.3-million-acre red-rock expanse that is roiling the West. Mr...
article Zinke's Utah Visit Response, Part 2
(Utah) -- As President Trump resolves to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument designation, opinion in San Juan County remains divided, with Native Americans pitted...

5/14/2017

article As Zinke listens in on the monumental divide at Utah’s Bears Ears, natives feel unheard
(Utah) -- Long after the Black Hawk helicopter carrying Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke flew off into the bright Utah sky, James Adakai stood in the airport parking lot...
article Battle Over Bears Ears Heats Up as Trump Rethinks Its Monument Status
(Utah) -- Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, stepped into the desert last week at the edge of the 1.3-million-acre red-rock expanse that is roiling the West.

5/13/2017

article 'This is our land': New Mexico's tribal groups gear up to fight for their home
(New Mexico) -- As interior secretary Ryan Zinke arrived in Bears Ears national monument in southeastern Utah earlier this week to calm fears over proposals to reduce or...
article Bears Ears in Crosshairs as Zinke Tours
(Utah) -- As the entourage of Utah lawmakers and U.S. Department of Interior officials drove out of Butler Wash in the Bears Ears National Monument, area resident...
article Dept. of the Interior accepting comments about National Monument designations
(Utah) -- Months before President Obama designated Bears Ears as a national monument last December, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining approved drilling...
article Ute protesters march to Utah uranium mill
(Utah) -- White Mesa, Utah – About 80 protesters opposed to the White Mesa uranium mill in southeast Utah marched three miles along U.S. Highway 191 to the mill’s...

5/10/2017

article Native Americans and Bears Ears
(Utah) -- A coalition of five sovereign Native American tribes was instrumental in last year’s declaration of Bears Ears National Monument. Those tribes all lived...

5/9/2017

article How do San Juan County Native Americans Feel About Zinke's Visit?
(Utah) -- The Secretary of Interior is visiting Utah this week to evaluate the state’s two largest monuments. With Secretary Zinke ordered to review the Bears Ears...
article Interior Secretary Orders Protester To 'Be Nice' During Visit To Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lost his manners during a visit to Bears Ears National Monument on Monday after being repeatedly questioned about why he hasn...
article Interior secretary tours controversial Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke described himself as a Teddy Roosevelt Republican as he spoke to the media while standing on the edge of the Butler Wash overlook...
article Zinke questions using monument status to save sacred land
(Utah) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he values national monuments. But as he tours America's newest and most hotly contested one, he questions whether...
article Zinke rides with cattle ranchers working on Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday that in the context of Bears Ears National Monument, "cattle ranchers matter, too." He put those words...
article EDITORIAL: Hatch continues to belittle Native Americans in Bears Ears dispute
(Utah) -- No, Sen. Hatch, we won't just take your word for it. Utah's senior senator put his foot very firmly into his mouth Monday by attacking the intelligence...
article Reviving debate over Bears Ears National Monument also revives racial tension in a remote corner of Utah
(Utah) -- The debate over the best use of these vast canyonlands is not just about states’ rights or who should control public land. Nor is it only about...
article Tribal leaders demand apology from Hatch after he said they ‘don’t fully understand’ Bears Ears implications
(Utah) -- After Sen. Orrin Hatch said Sunday that American Indians "don't fully understand" what they would lose if Bears Ears is "made clearly into a...
article Native Americans demand apology from Sen. Hatch for ‘racially charged’ remarks
(Utah) -- The Utah League of Native American Voters is demanding that Sen. Orrin Hatch apologize for his remarks during a press conference with U.S. Interior Secretary...

5/8/2017

article Tribal Leaders Call on the Trump Administration to Preserve the Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates and Council Delegate Davis Filfred were among several tribal leaders who took part in a press conference last...
article GOP senator says ‘the Indians’ should ‘just take my word for it’ on sacred tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Speaking alongside Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about the Trump administration’s order to review — and potentially shrink or eliminate...
article Native Americans demand apology from Sen. Hatch after alleged racist remarks
(Utah) -- The Utah League of Native American Voters is demanding that Sen. Orrin Hatch apologize for his remarks during a press conference with U.S. Interior Secretary...
article The Latest: Zinke says he may not favor shrinking monuments
(Utah) -- The Latest on a visit to Utah by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the designation of national monuments (all times local): 6:40 p.m. U.S. Interior...

5/7/2017

article Native American Supporters Want To Tell Interior Secretary Why Bears Ears Monument Should Stick
(Utah) -- Utahns -- from Senators to local ranchers and archaeologists -- have been asking to show U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke the state’s newest national...
article US Interior secretary begins Utah tour to eye monument sites
(Utah) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with tribal leaders and elected officials in Utah on Sunday as he kicked off a four-day trip to the state to inspect two...
article Zinke says monument designations have been an ‘effective tool,’ though ‘very few ... are to the scale of the recent actions’
(Utah) -- As he embarked on a tour of Utah to review two national monuments, Ryan Zinke said he sees no evidence Native American proponents of Bears Ears National...

5/6/2017

article OP/ED: Will Bears Ears Be the Next Standing Rock?
(Utah) -- After seven years of organizing, the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition — made up of the Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Zuni...

5/5/2017

article A Decision on Bears Ears, Nears?
(Utah) -- Leaders of numerous Native American Tribes would like to have a word with Ryan Zinke. Zinke is the new Interior Secretary and at last report he was in Utah on...

5/4/2017

article Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
(Utah) -- Ryan Zinke has been Interior secretary for just two months, but leaders of some tribal nations in the West say he’s already been a disappointment.
article Native American governments are calling Trump but he won’t pick up the phone
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are ignoring the sovereign Indian tribes they are required to collaborate with on public land...
article Tribal Leaders Vow To Sue If Trump Rescinds Bears Ears Monument
(Arizona) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met Wednesday afternoon with leaders of the Ute Indian Tribe, including Shaun Chapoose, and discussed a number of issues,...
article Tribes who lobbied for Utah monument now under review say Trump team is ignoring them
(Washington D.C.) -- Several Native American leaders accused the Trump administration of favoritism Wednesday in its ongoing review of the Bears Ears National Monument...
article Ute Indian Tribe Leaders Meet with Interior Secretary to Discuss Bear Ears National Monument Status
(Washington D.C.) -- Leaders of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah Ouray met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke yesterday to discuss several issues including energy...

5/3/2017

article Bears Ears tribal coalition blasts Zinke, executive order on monuments review
(Utah) -- Leaders and members of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition are demanding newly appointed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stand by the promise he made weeks ago...
article Tribal leaders: We’ll take Trump to court if he rescinds Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Tribal leaders who pushed for the Bears Ears National Monument said Wednesday they hope the Trump administration will leave the protection in place but if not...
article Tribes to federal government: stop ignoring us about Bears Ears
(Utah) -- On Tuesday in the halls of Congress, Bears Ears National Monument was a "catastrophe," and the subject of a hearing about "overreach" with...

5/2/2017

article Shoshone Tribe pulls support for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- A Utah-based Native American tribe is expressing concern about the process that created Bears Ears National Monument. Darren Parry, Vice Chairman of the...
article Tribes encounter silence from Secretary Zinke in Bears Ears review
(Washington D.C.) -- The five tribes that pushed for the Bears Ears National Monument have been trying to reach the new leader of the Department of the Interior but all...
article Bears Ears is overkill, San Juan County leaders tell Zinke
(Utah) -- The San Juan County Commission had an hour of face time with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his staff Tuesday morning, presenting the county's case that...
article Tribes upset over review of Bears Ears monument designation
(Utah) -- The April 26 announcement of President Donald Trump to review existing monument designations, especially Bears Ears National Monument, drew quick opposition...
article Ute Tribe Wants Voice on Monument
(Utah) -- In January many southwestern Native American tribes – including the Navajo Nation, Zuni, Hopi and Ute tribes – were celebrating when former...
press release Advisory: May 3, Native American Tribes Respond to National Monuments Executive Order
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a coalition of five sovereign Tribal Nations – Hopi, Navajo, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute, and...

5/1/2017

article Tribes near Utah national monument press U.S. official for meeting
(Utah) -- The Native American tribes that help manage the Bears Ears national monument in Utah raised concerns on Monday that the interior secretary has not responded to...

4/29/2017

article Clash over Bears Ears tests years of progress on Native spirituality
(Utah) -- Davis Filfred wishes President Trump would take a page from General “Stormin’ Norman” Schwarzkopf's playbook, in thinking about Bears...

4/28/2017

article Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- The Ute Tribe is once again taking on powerful interests as it seeks to prevent the Trump administration from undermining the Bears Ears National Monument. Ute...

4/27/2017

article Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths...
article Plenty of Consultation of GOP on Bears Ears: Docs
(Washington D.C.) -- Despite growing Democratic calls for tribal support and proof of longstanding coordination and consultation in the Bears Ears region before the area...
article Trump’s Executive Order Threatens Bears Ears National Monument Status
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to consult local governments and tribes in...

4/26/2017

article Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is setting his sights on a new target: a national monument that enjoys strong support across Indian Country.

4/25/2017

article Jewell defends Bears Ears monument process
(Utah) -- On her journey home to Seattle from Washington, D.C., Sally Jewell spent a few weeks this spring in New Mexico, Utah and Nevada visiting some of the lands set...

4/7/2017

article Outdoor industry walks out of Utah over Bears Ears dispute
(Utah) -- Two generations ago, they were often written off as a bunch of hippies making backpacks and climbing gear for niche markets. But in recent decades, companies...

3/27/2017

article Utah Republicans look to rescind status of new ‘Bears Ears’ national monument
(Utah) -- The Bears Ears National Monument, just a few months old, has no visitor’s center, information kiosks or even a highway entrance sign. Chris Russell and...

3/22/2017

article New ad campaign takes aim at rescinding Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- A website and advertisement campaign launched this week is taking aim at rescinding Bears Ears National Monument, emphasizing the impact the monument has on...

3/20/2017

article Native Americans prepare to battle Trump over Utah national monument
(Utah) -- When word came down on Dec. 28 that President Barack Obama had created a 1.35 million-acre national monument called Bears Ears, Jonah Yellowman celebrated. So...

3/18/2017

article Tribal group says elimination of Bears Ears would be tragic
(Utah) -- Members of a newly formed tribal advisory commission for the Bears Ears National Monument reminded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter Friday that his...

3/17/2017

article Patagonia celebrates Bears Ears National Monument with 360-degree interactive films
(Utah) -- For years, Patagonia worked to protect natural land across the United States. Since 2013, it’s mainly focused on Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and...
article Tribal group says elimination of Bears Ears would be tragic
(Utah) -- Members of a newly formed tribal advisory commission for the Bears Ears National Monument reminded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter Friday that his...

3/13/2017

article Overturning Bears Ears an uphill challenge, lawyers say
(Utah) -- Utah legislators and the San Juan County, Utah, commission are urging President Donald Trump to undo the controversial Bears Ears National Monument. But at a...

3/12/2017

article Uncovering the Controversy Behind Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Right before he left office, President Barack Obama set aside 1.3 million acres of land as the Bear Ears National Monument in Utah. This was a contentious move...

3/11/2017

article Bears Ears National Monument, sacred to native tribes, faces challenge to its status
(Washington) -- At the end of his second term, then-President Obama gratified a coalition of Western Native Americans by creating Bears Ears National Monument in...
article Overturning Bears Ears an uphill challenge, lawyers say
(Utah) -- Could the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah be overturned or decreased in size by the Trump administration? Utah legislators and the San Juan...

3/10/2017

article Bears Ears National Monument, sacred to native tribes, faces a challenge to its status
(Washington D.C.) -- At the end of his second term, then-President Obama gratified a coalition of Western Native Americans by creating Bears Ears National Monument in...
article Overturning Bears Ears an uphill challenge, lawyers say
(Utah) -- Could the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah be overturned or decreased in size by the Trump administration? Utah legislators and the San Juan...

3/8/2017

article The stunning way Patagonia is trying to defend threatened public lands
(Utah) -- Patagonia is ramping up efforts to protect the embattled Bears Ears National Monument through a series of stunning videos. The outdoor retailer released This...

2/28/2017

article Utah lawmakers seek to purchase Bears Ears land, take over management from feds
(Utah) -- Utah lawmakers are pursuing another piece of legislation targeting Bears Ears National Monument, this time proposing the state take over these archaeologically...

2/27/2017

article Facing 'ultimatum' in Outdoor Retailer call, Herbert said state and trade show must 'part ways'
(Utah) -- Faced with a choice between asking state leaders to back down from efforts to undo the Bears Ears Monument designation or lose the lucrative Outdoor Retailer...

2/23/2017

article Opinion: Zinke should stand with Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The battle over Bears Ears is far from over. Since former President Obama designated the Bears Ears National Monument at the end of December 2016, the Utah...

2/22/2017

article Chaffetz questions National Park tweet about Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz launched a probe into a tweet that a national park sent a day after then-President Barack Obama designated a new national...

2/21/2017

article New TV campaign launched to build support for Bears Ears (with video)
(Utah) -- A new statewide ad campaign aims to sell Utahns on the newly created Bears Ears National Monument. The ads, produced by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance,...

2/11/2017

article Op-ed: Tribes worked patiently for Bears Ears Monument, and it should endure
(Utah) -- The past few weeks have been troubling for our tribes (Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Mountain Ute and Zuni), which are formally joined in a union of governments as the...

2/8/2017

article Jay Evensen: Bears Ears struggle typifies what's wrong with American politics
(Utah) -- The legislative committee’s vote was a foregone conclusion, even before the emotional testimony started last week. A resolution calling on President...

2/6/2017

article Utah Representative Wants Bears Ears Gone And He Wants Trump To Do It
(Utah) -- Republicans want to eliminate one of the nation's newest national monuments. Former President Barack Obama created the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National...

2/5/2017

article Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $1.5 million to Bears Ears’ Fund
(Utah) -- "We'll use these philanthropic funds to continue our tradition of preparing for the next seven generations and to protect this treasure for all...

2/2/2017

article Battle Lines Form as Trump Sets Sights on Bears Ears
(Washington D.C.) -- As President Donald Trump’s administration takes shape, many of those who celebrated the designation of Bears Ears National Monument earlier...

1/31/2017

article Poll: Utahns divided over Bears Ears, land-transfer lawsuit
(Utah) -- With protesters noisily chanting nearby Tuesday, Republican lawmakers passed controversial resolutions seeking to erase the new Bears National Monument and...
article VIDEO: Utah House urges Trump to undo Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- The Utah House sent a strongly worded message to the Trump administration Tuesday to undo the new Bears Ears National Monument. Supermajority Republicans...

1/30/2017

article Utah House GOP Leaders Back Resolution To Undo Bears Ears
(Utah) -- With the arrival of a new administration in the White House, Utah Republicans are looking to undo the Bears Ears monument designation made by President Barack...

1/28/2017

article 'No space, no light between shoulder-to-shoulder opposition' on Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Utah's GOP legislators pressed the accelerator on a pair of anti-monument resolutions that ask President Donald Trump to rescind the 2016 Bears Ears...

1/27/2017

article Trump is eager to undo sacred tribal monument, says Orrin Hatch
(Utah) -- President Trump is “eager to work with” Republican lawmakers on undoing new federal protections for Bears Ears, a sacred tribal site in Utah,...

1/26/2017

article Resolutions filed in the Utah House to repeal Bears Ears, shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments
(Utah) -- Two top Republicans in the state House have filed resolutions urging President Donald Trump to take action on a pair of national monuments in Utah. In a rare...

1/25/2017

article Navajo, Ute, Hopi Tribal Leaders Fight To Have A Voice In Bears Ears Management
(Utah) -- At a recent Bears Ears celebration in Monument Valley, high-ranking Navajo, Ute and Hopi tribal leaders vowed to continue their political fight to give Native...

1/23/2017

article My view: Native Americans deserve a chance to lead
(Utah) -- For the first time in 200 years, Native Americans in Utah have won a political victory. Bears Ears is protected and we are overjoyed. Over 500 people joined us...

1/20/2017

article Forgotten rock-art panel attracting attention in Bluff
(Utah) -- A recently rediscovered rock-art panel at the San Island Campground near Bluff, Utah, is now within the new Bears Ears National Monument. The ancient...

1/17/2017

article Trump’s pick for Secretary of Interior grilled over Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- The fight over Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah found its way into the confirmation hearing Tuesday for Secretary of Interior...
article Commentary: Obama monuments preserve our shared heritage
(New Mexico) -- As President Obama ends eight years in office, one of the highlights of his time as president has been his commitment to preserving and protecting public...

1/13/2017

article Tribes celebrate designation of Bears Ears Monument
(Colorado) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye applauded more than 400 supporters and tribal leaders who gathered at the Monument Valley Welcome Center on Saturday...

1/11/2017

article Part 2: The Argument For And Against Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Mark Maryboy has been a key Bears Ears consultant for Utah Dine Bikeyah and the five tribe coalition. I spoke with him at the Twin Rocks Café in Bluff. “...

1/9/2017

article Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty. Will Trump Undo It?
(California) -- Seven years ago, the Navajo tribal council in southeastern Utah started mapping the secret sites where medicine men and women forage for healing plants...

1/8/2017

article Hundreds Turn Out for Celebration of Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- “It’s a great day to celebrate,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye told more than 400 grassroots supporters and esteemed tribal leaders who gathered at...

1/6/2017

article CU's Charles Wilkinson played role in Bears Ears National Monument designation
(Colorado) -- When President Barack Obama officially designated a large swath of land in southeastern Utah to be the Bears Ears National Monument last week, Charles...

1/5/2017

article Opinion: How we can protect the Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The Bears Ears has been “protected.” Finally, Native American voices will be heard in this land of their ancestors, and their wisdom used to manage...
article The Visionary Activist Show – Bears Ears Victory
(California) -- Bill Hedden is Executive Director of the Grand Canyon Trust, under his leadership the organization has led in developing ecologically sensible forest...
article Celebration planned for Bears Ears … but not everyone’s happy
(Utah) -- The Obama administration trumpeted its track record in collaborating with Native American tribes Monday, buffing the administration’s legacy after last...

1/2/2017

article Governor ready to fight if Obama creates monument
(Arizona) -- Gov. Doug Ducey is threatening legal action if President Obama sets aside 1.7 million acres of public lands in Arizona for a new Greater Grand Canyon...
article Navajo Leader Says Native Americans Worked 80 Years For National Monument
(Utah) -- MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now let's talk about what could be one of President Obama's last major decisions before leaving office. The president created two...
article Obama Designates 1.35 Million Acres in Utah to Protect Native Lands
(Utah) -- In yet another move meant to cement his legacy as an environmental advocate, President Obama recently designated 1.35 million acres of land in Utah for a new...

1/1/2017

article Inside Obama’s decision to name the Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Interior Department and the National Park Service thought they had found an undeniable gem of treasured lands that deserved protection:...
article LETTER: Preserving Bears Ears
(Utah) -- I applaud President Obama for creating Bears Ears National Monument, the first-ever proposed by Native Americans. The area contains magnificent geological...
article LETTER: Bears Ears monument designated at last
(Utah) -- To the editor: As the congressional session came to a close, so did the opportunity for Congress to come up with a plan for one of the nation’s most...
article LETTER: New monument will benefit generations
(Utah) -- To the editor: Why I am happy today? With all the terrible headlines I have been getting in my newsfeed today, I truly appreciate the courage of President...
article Opinion: A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
(Colorado) -- Even before President Obama uncapped his pen on Wednesday to sign a proclamation creating the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah’s political figures...
article Our view: National monuments a worthy use for public lands
(Missouri) -- The ink hadn’t even dried on the latest national monument designations when opponents threatened lawsuits and legislation, their threats reflecting a...

12/31/2016

article GOPs Slam Obama's 'Arrogant' Designation of Utah Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) slammed President Obama's designation of a 1.35 million-acre national monument in southeastern Utah this week as "...
article Natives see designation of two new U.S. national monuments as victory but fear Trump will undo deal
(Utah) -- President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monuments designations on lands in Utah and Nevada...
article Tribal commission to get say on lands
(Utah) -- American Indians who have long bemoaned their lack of participation in federal land decisions were glad when President Barack Obama designated a new national...
article Tribes get say in land management but worry about Trump
(Utah) -- Native Americans who have long bemoaned their lack of participation in federal land decisions scored a major victory when President Barack Obama designated a...
article Ute Indian Tribe Praises President Obama’s Protection of Bears Ears Sacred Landscape
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe’s Business Committee celebrates the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument as an important step forward in the protection...

12/30/2016

article San Juan County locals rip Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- There's a new saying in San Juan County that is being echoed loudly around the state by critics of a move that President Barack Obama made on Wednesday:...
article Utah Republicans Threaten To Sue Obama For The Right To Destroy Native American Lands
(Utah) -- On Wednesday, President Obama issued an order setting aside 1.35 million acres of land in Southern Utah for the Bears Ears National Monument. According to the...
article MORON ALERT: Bears Ears And The Ecologically Noble Savage
(Washington D.C.) -- By designating the Bears Ears National Monument, which encompasses 1.35 million acres in southeast Utah, this week President Obama is unfortunately...

12/29/2016

article Anger and celebration in Utah’s Four Corners area over Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- The canyon is eerily quiet and the blue sky is a stark contrast to the red rock. On a rock face, ancient petroglyphs tell the story of a people long gone....
article Bears Ears a go — but here’s where Obama drew the line
(Utah) -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, culminating an eight-decade-long effort to increase...
article Bears Ears, Jigsaw Piece In Southeastern Utah's National Park Landscape, Declared National Monument
(Utah) -- Bears Ears, a 1.35-million-acre rugged redrock landscape rich in Native American history and lore, was declared a national monument Wednesday by President...
article Native People are Celebrating the New Bears Ears National Monument; Climbers are Rejoicing Too
(Utah) -- There can only be one Yosemite. But if Yosemite had a more wild, shorter, red-haired sibling it would undoubtedly be Indian Creek. Thankfully, geological...
article Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Obama’s Monument Designation at Bears Ears: ‘A Slap in the Face to the People of Utah’
(Utah) -- The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unleashed a cannonade of criticism upon President Barack Obama Wednesday after the...
article Tribes get say in land management but worry about Trump
(Utah) -- Native Americans who have long bemoaned their lack of participation in federal land decisions scored a victory when President Barack Obama designated a new...
article WEINHOLTZ: President Obama listened to tribes while Utah pols failed
(Utah) -- Thank you, President Obama, for designating Bears Ears National Monument in Utah for all Americans. These extraordinary public lands are home to more than 100,...
article Overturning Bears Ears Is a Long Shot, But That Doesn't Mean Republicans Won't Try
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, December 28, President Obama advanced his eleventh-hour efforts to protect the environment by creating the 1.35-million-acre Bears...

12/28/2016

article A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Even before President Obama uncapped his pen Dec. 28, to sign a proclamation creating the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah’s political figures, from...
article Fight on over Bears Ears monument in Utah
(Utah) -- Angry Utah leaders are vowing to do everything within their power to unravel President Barack Obama's Wednesday designation of a new national monument in...
article Obama Declares Bears Ears National Monument While Utah Lawmakers Pledge Fight
(Utah) -- Retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is getting one last victory from President Barack Obama. But the Nevada Democrat's joy will surely be met with...
article ‘Monumental!’ Obama preserves Bears Ears
(Utah) -- President Barack Obama has designated the Bears Ears buttes in southern Utah as a national monument with 1.35 million acres of protected Federal Land.
article Obama designates monuments, protects federal land in Utah, Nevada
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated over 1.6 million acres of land in Utah and Nevada as national monuments, protecting two areas rich in...

12/22/2016

article State Leaders Propaganda Spin on Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The entire Utah DC Delegation, the Legislative Majority and all of Utah's statewide elected officials have come out supporting 'protection' of...

12/19/2016

article Unprecedented protests to support, oppose Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Hundreds of people gathered at two separate press conferences at the State Capitol Monday to protest in support and to oppose the proposed Bears Ears National...
article Utah attorney general, governor say they'd sue over monument
(Utah) -- Utah's Republican governor and attorney general said Monday the state will sue if President Barack Obama names a new national monument in Utah. Attorney...

12/18/2016

article Letter: Utah wonders should become park
(Utah) -- I want to thank The Free Lance–Star for the story in Sunday’s Travel section, [“Exploring ancient ruins elevates hiking in Utah,” Dec....
article Op-ed: Bears Ears Monument runs counter to American ideals
(Utah) -- Earlier this week, news broke that President Barack Obama intends to lock up wide swaths of Utah's public lands by designating 1.4 to 1.9 million acres as...

12/17/2016

article An Ears Full / "Public Lands or Tribal Lands" panel discusses Bears Ears designation.
(Utah) -- Criticizing Utah's elected officials, a Moab conservationist says failure by Congress to pass protection at Bears Ears has necessitated a national monument...

12/16/2016

article Utah Republicans say they worry Utah monument is looming
(Washington D.C.) -- Two Utah congressmen and Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday said they worry President Barack Obama will use the waning days of his administration to name...

12/14/2016

article Rumors and rumblings over Bears Ears monument run rampant
(Utah) -- Members of Utah's congressional delegation and Gov. Gary Herbert took to social media Wednesday and will participate in an extended news conference...

12/12/2016

article SENATOR LEE: Why Obama shouldn’t unilaterally declare a Bears Ears monument
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama and I haven’t always seen eye to eye on public policy. But what many don’t know is that we’ve also agreed, and...

12/7/2016

article Tribes Call On Obama To Make Bears Ears A National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- The Antiquities Act of 1906 offers legal protections for cultural and natural resources on public lands. In his last days in office, President...

12/1/2016

article Obama Could Still Make Bears Ears A Monument
(Utah) -- In his last days in office President Obama still has the power to make significant changes to the Southwest. Obama has already used the 1906 Antiquities Act to...

11/8/2016

article The Battle for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- A pair of buttes surrounded by grasses and wildflowers in a quiet corner of San Juan County seems an unlikely stage for conflict, but the fate of Bears Ears...

10/30/2016

article Op-ed: Joint management of Bears Ears with tribes? Australia, Canada have done it
(Utah) -- On Oct. 21, the Department of the Interior released a secretarial order encouraging cooperative land management partnerships between federal agencies and...

10/21/2016

article Ute Tribe targets Rep. Rob Bishop over land dispute
(Utah) -- The Ute Tribe has created a political action committee and funded it with $100,000, all earmarked for a campaign to defeat First District Congressman Rob...

10/20/2016

article Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election
(Utah) -- The 2016 election cycle is one of the strangest on record, as Mark Trahant frequently reports, and one group is trying to help ensure Native issues don't...
article Ute Tribe declares political war with Rep. Rob Bishop
(Utah) -- Notable Ute wars included the Walker War of 1853-54, the Black Hawk War of 1865-72 and the Posey War of 1923. Now add to the list the tribe's political war...

10/19/2016

article Navajo Nation opposes bill that reduces share of trust revenues
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation is taking a stand against a controversial bill that a fellow tribe has slammed as a "modern day Indian land grab."

10/6/2016

article Bears Ears Alternative Moves Into House of Representatives as Opponents Cry Land Grab
(Utah) -- A congressional bill touted as an alternative to the Bears Ears proposal, an intertribal request to designate nearly two million acres of land as a national...

10/4/2016

article Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress is on break but the House Committee on Natural Resources will be at work at a field hearing on Tuesday. The hearing takes place in Santa Fe...
article County says Bears Ears Coalition has no jurisdiction
(Utah) -- The San Juan County Commission approved a resolution on October 4 regarding the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition proposal to create the Bears Ears National...

10/3/2016

article Ute Mountain Utes nudge Obama on monument and water
(Washington D.C.) -- Ute Mountain Ute leaders traveled to Washington this week to attend President Barack Obama’s eighth annual White House Tribal Nations...

10/1/2016

article Letter: Public lands process excluded the public
(Utah) -- Once again, the Utah congressional delegation is about to fail in its effort to pass a public lands bill for Utah. Why are they failing? Because they keep...

9/30/2016

article Pyle: Utah politicians think Navajo officials are bought and paid for. Just like them.
(Utah) -- Mark Maryboy began with an apology. He was sorry, he said, if he wasn't able to hear all the questions The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board might put to...

9/29/2016

article Ute Mountain Utes nudge Obama on monument and water
(Utah) -- Ute Mountain Ute leaders traveled to Washington this week to attend President Barack Obama’s eighth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference.

9/28/2016

article Ute Tribe continues battle against 'modern day Indian land grab'
(Utah) -- The Ute Tribe continues to garner support for efforts to stop a "modern day Indian land grab" from moving forward. Chairman Shaun Chapoose is in...

9/26/2016

article Some Navajo join lawmakers opposing Bears Ears national monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation locals joined Utah lawmakers on September 21 to express opposition to any attempt to designate land around the Bears Ears site in...
article Southern Utes stand with Standing Rock protest
(Colorado) -- Southern Ute tribal member Shelly Thompson took a carload of blankets, jackets and other supplies last week to the thousands of Native Americans camped out...

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