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Ute Indian Tribe Filing Lawsuit Challenging President's Plan To Abolish Bears Ears National Maonument

The Ute Indian Tribe is deeply offended by President Trump’s announcement today that he plans to significantly shrink the Bears Ears National Monument. His action will effectively revoke the Monument and threaten the Tribe’s cultural and historical resources that were protected by the designation of the Monument. Along with the 4 other tribes who came together to advocate for establishment of the Monument, the Ute Indian Tribe will be filing a lawsuit against President Trump, Secretary Zinke, and others in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia to hold them accountable for their actions in this matter that serve as an affront to the sovereignty of the Ute Indian Tribe and all Tribes in the United States.

The President’s actions are even more appalling in that they were taken without even visiting the Monument or consulting with the tribes whose sacred and cultural sites the Monument was created to protect. Instead the President is relying on Secretary Zinke’s brief review that seeks to diminish the position of Tribe’s in favor of special interest groups. The proposal to shrink the Monument will leave hundreds of thousands of antiquities, archeological sites and cultural resources unprotected and eviscerate the years of collaborative work that was undertaken by the members of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition to establish a monument that recognizes the unique cultural and spiritual contributions that Native peoples have made to the history of this great Nation.

The President’s action will upend almost a decade of collaborative work by local tribal members and the five tribes. “The President promised to drain the swamp,” said Luke Duncan Chairman of the Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee, “but with this unilateral action at the request of a few powerful Utah politicians the swamp is only getting deeper.” Chairman Duncan continued, “We refuse to become the forgotten people of this land and the President should recognize and respect our voice in this matter as the first Utahans.”

The President’s action to appease Utah politicians comes at a crucial time for Congressional approval of the President’s tax cuts and appears to be nothing more than a duplicitous effort to ensure that Senator Orrin Hatch’s objective of eliminating the Monument is fulfilled so that the President can secure support from Senator Hatch for the President’s tax reform initiative. The success of the President’s tax reform initiative hinges upon Senator Hatch’s support given his position as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Despite promises to work on behalf of Tribal Nations, the President is acting on behalf of wealthy special interest groups to advance their interest regardless of the impact on tribal history and culture.

The President’s action threatens the priceless resources of Bears Ears. “The Monument isn’t just about a few isolated artifacts. The Monument is a living part of our culture as well as the history and culture of the United States. Our cultures are still here and still thriving,” said Shaun Chapoose, member of the Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee. “The Bears Ears region is a cultural landscape – a place to nurture our families in our traditions. It’s a sad state of affairs when the President of this great Nation shows manifest disregard for our history and culture as a people, but we are prepared to fight for our rights, and to protect Bears Ears.”

The Ute Indian Tribe maintains that the Antiquities Act does not give a President the authority to revoke or shrink an established National Monument. It is the position of Ute Indian Tribe that President Trump’s plan to shrink Bears Ears constitutes an unlawful revocation of a National Monument and his actions in this matter should be universally condemned by all indigenous peoples of the world and those that support indigenous peoples rights. The President’s action in this matter violates the Antiquities Act and is being carried out without legal authority. The action also runs afoul of the Federal government’s trust responsibility and government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes. The Ute Indian Tribe will be filing a lawsuit challenging the President’s action with the other Bears Ears tribes as soon as the action is executed.

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About the Ute Indian Tribe-The Ute Indian Tribe resides on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in northeastern Utah. Three bands of Utes comprise the Ute Indian Tribe: the Whiteriver Band, the Uncompahgre Band and the Uintah Band. The Tribe has a membership of more than three thousand individuals, with over half living on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. The Ute Indian Tribe operates its own tribal government and oversees approximately 1.3 million acres of trust land which contains significant oil and gas deposits. The Tribal Business Committee is the governing council of the Tribe.

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12/2/2017

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(New York) -- President Donald Trump plans to announce the shrinking of two Utah national monuments next week, in a move that has already angered environmentalists and...
article U.S. Forest Service didn’t call for pulling its land from Bears Ears, USDA nominee tells Senate Democrats
(Washington D.C.) -- Two senior Senate Democrats want President Trump to explain why he’s poised to remove protections for U.S. Forest Service land in the Bears...
article Opponents say Trump's plan to shrink national monuments is illegal
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump is expected to travel to Utah on Monday to announce that he is shrinking significant portions of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-...
article Connelly: Trump will act to slash size of two national monuments next week
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump faces an immediate lawsuit if, as expected, he uses next week's trip to Utah to slash the size of two big National Monuments in...
article MORON ALERT: President Trump Should Defend Federal Land Use and End Abuse of Antiquities Act
(New York) -- If news reports are accurate, the review of National Monument designations submitted by Interior Secretary Zinke does not begin to fulfill the charge given...
article OP/ED: Another Affront to Native Tribes in Utah
(Utah) -- President Trump will travel to Utah on Monday to sign an executive order that removes protections for two iconic national monuments: Bears Ears and Grand...

11/29/2017

article After Insulting Native Americans, Trump Goes After Their Sacred Land
(Washington D.C.) -- Trump’s disparagement of Native Americans doesn’t end with his rhetoric. A day after Trump called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)...
article Trump will shrink Bears Ears during Utah visit Monday, when five tribes promise to sue him
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump will fly into Utah on Monday to announce that he’ll shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments,...

11/28/2017

article President Trump to visit Utah on Monday to announce his plans to shrink Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump will travel to Utah on Monday to lay out his plans to cut the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments,...

11/22/2017

article Bears Ears perfects America’s best idea by including tribes
(Utah) -- President Trump has stated he plans to begin a prolonged legal battle with five Native American tribes next month by eliminating large swaths of Bears Ears...

11/19/2017

article The beauty of Bears Ears and of protecting it
(Utah) -- It doesn’t take much effort on the trails of the new, embattled Bears Ears National Monument to find a very long view — one with a twist of eerie...

11/18/2017

article Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration appears intent on rolling back the boundaries of the Bears...
article Zinke rocked moccasins to celebrate Native cultures. But tribes are focused on his plans to rock Bears Ears.
(Washington D.C.) -- During this week’s Rock Your Mocs, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proudly showed his support for the worldwide Native American and indigenous...

11/16/2017

article Former Navajo Leader On Bears Ears: It Is Our Church, Our Temple
(Utah) -- "Look out over the expanse, the land, the mountains, and take in the beauty," says the the former president and chairman of the Navajo Nation,...
article Tribal leaders speak out against plans to shrink Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Leaders from the five Native American tribes that built a coalition to protect and advocate for the continued integrity of Bears Ears National Monument in...
article Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration appears intent on rolling back the boundaries of the Bears Ears...

11/7/2017

article Barron: Preserving Bears Ears Means Protecting Native Voices
(Utah) -- I have seen signs supporting the designation; some are stuck in parking strips, others are propped up in bay windows and, once, I saw one taped to the back of...
article Groups Sue Trump Administration Over National Monument Review
(Washington D.C.) -- Several environmental groups have sued the Trump administration over its review of more than two dozen national monuments. KNAU’s Ryan...

10/31/2017

article Trump's 'Review' Of Utah Monument Was Over Before It Started
(Washington D.C.) -- For anyone following the Trump administration’s months-long review of America’s national monuments, Friday likely felt like the...

10/29/2017

article Trump says he will shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a sacred tribal site in Utah
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump informed Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) Friday that he will shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a 1.35-million-acre protected area in...

10/28/2017

article Senator says Trump rolling back protections at Utah sites
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is shrinking two national monuments in Utah, accepting the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reverse...
article Trump headed to Utah in December with plans to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump plans to visit Utah in December to announce that he will trim the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante...

10/27/2017

article Trump to shrink Bears Ears
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump informed Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Friday that he will shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a 1.35-million-acre protected...

10/17/2017

article Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important...

9/30/2017

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Navajo leaders should focus on the real issues
(Utah) -- What benefit to the Navajo people would ever come from the Navajo Nation threatening to sue the federal government over Bears Ears National Monument being...

9/26/2017

article Native tribes deserve respect for work on the Bears Ears Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- For decades before President Obama proclaimed the Bears Ears National Monument, the Navajo Nation and other local native nations fought to protect...

9/25/2017

article Navajo Nation Readies Legal Action if Trump Shrinks Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's recommendation to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah could spark a legal battle between the Navajo...

9/17/2017

article Utah quietly tells feds: Trim Bears Ears monument by 90 percent
(Utah) -- If maps Utah has submitted to the Interior Department are a guide, Bears Ears National Monument will be drastically cut in size.
article OP/ED: Give tribes real authority in Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama’s controversial designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah last year was widely touted as a...

8/25/2017

article Tribal Leaders 'Outraged' Over Rumored Monument Shrinkage (sub req)
(New York) -- The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition expressed “outrage” Thursday over rumblings that U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has...

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...

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