The Trump administration is rushing forward with management plans to lock in the illegal rollbacks to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Despite challenges to the rollbacks in court, the agencies are proposing radical plans to strip even the diminished monuments of any real protections. These continued assaults make it even more urgent for Congress to respond to help right those injustices. Legislation with growing support in Congress would restore Bears Ears National Monument to what was originally envisioned by the Native American tribes who worked to protect it while preventing attacks like Trump’s on all national monuments in the future.
Thousands of important cultural and archeological sites are at risk in Bears Ears, and the Trump administration has laid the groundwork for many other landscapes to be put in similar danger. We need Congress to step up, redress the pain already caused to sovereign tribal nations, and make sure these illegal attacks never happen again.
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Background photo credit: Mason Cummings, The Wilderness Society