Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Both Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments would be ripped apart based on the leaked maps (see below). Trump is expected to make his announcement about the future of the monuments in Utah on Monday.
Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society: “There will be outrage if the President moves forward with the plans outlined in these maps. Fortunately the law is on the side of protecting these valued lands and once again the President’s actions will be met on the courthouse steps.
It is no surprise that the Trump Administration is bowing to special interests, including the oil and mining companies, and these maps show how extreme his plans are for some of the most treasured and culturally significant lands in our nation. Despite millions of Americans demanding permanent protection for all of our national monuments, our President and Secretary Zinke have now turned their backs and instead are aligning themselves with those who want to exploit our shared lands for personal profit. Tens of thousands of Native American sacred sites in southern Utah will now be at renewed risk of looting and desecration as will vast, world-class discovered and yet-to-be-discovered paleontological resources, including some that are now threatened by the potential mining for new resources at the existing Andalex Coal Mine site.”
Here is a separate press release from Natalie Landreth, Attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, and Russell Begaye, President of the Navajo Nation.
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