Bears Ears land seizure another broken promise to Utah’s Native tribes

It began as an agenda item on the Conservation Lands Foundation land takeover list in 2014 and they used financial allies until they had their way. Native people were simply a means to an end.  For Utah Natives who fought against the Bears Ears designation, monuments represent broken promises made to a long line of Native hearts, living on broken lands. […]

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Oregon Land Grab: Ranchers oppose Obama 48K acre expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou Monument

In a news release, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association said the president’s decision will “have a rippling effect on ranchers, farmers, outdoor enthusiasts and beyond.” “Our western heritage and love for the land is something we greatly value within our association. This is a huge hit for our members, our communities, and our state,” Jerome Rosa, the association’s executive director, said in the release.  […]

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Trump considers ways to reverse Obama Bears Ears land grab

The controversial Bears Ears National Monument was designated by Obama in December and covers more than a million acres in rural Utah. It has been praised by conservationists, but slammed by locals. Trump “Open” To Unprecedented Repeal Of Obama National Monument President-elect Donald Trump is said to be open to the idea of repealing President Obama’s latest national monument — […]

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Lame Duck president grabs up millions of acres against will of the people

Federal ownership of land is a very live wire political issue in Utah, which is why I find it outrageous that President Obama, on the way out the door, would try to irrevocably federalize 1.3 million acres in the state, in spite of the ongoing controversy over this very issue.  Obama’s National Monument Designation: Second-Term Environmental Policymaking at Its Worst […]

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Oversight Committee responds to Obama Antiquities Act abuses in federal land grabs

In his letters to Jewell and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Chaffetz asserts two key federal laws governing public purpose, public participation and environmental review were ignored with Wednesday’s designation of the monuments in Utah and Nevada.  “(The laws) provide for a more thoughtful determination, whereas the Antiquities Act was meant to be reserved for emergency scenarios,” the […]

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Utah Republicans plan to counteract possible Obama move on Bears Ears

Worried that Obama will aggressively act on his way out the door, opponents like Lee are now gearing up for a protracted fight to amend or repeal the law, and are even vowing to work with the incoming Donald Trump administration to overturn monuments already named by Obama.  They are paying special attention to Obama’s next rumored target for a […]

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Obama poised to sacrifice Utah’s Native peoples to appease enviros, recreation industry

Over eight decades later, Jones still remembers the day the federal government killed the sheep. In 1934, as part of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, the government decided the Navajo had more livestock than the Southwest could support. According to some estimates, 80 percent of all Navajo livestock were killed, and thousands of Navajos impoverished. American Indians fight […]

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Bears Ears: Locals, Natives against, outsiders, corporate environmentalists for

Lee and other members of the congressional delegation said the political fallout of a designation in Utah will result in the repeal of the Antiquities Act for use by future presidents, an overturning of the actual designation itself and no money for Bears Ears monument management. Dueling demonstrations put pressure on Obama over possible Bears Ears monument SALT LAKE CITY […]

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Radical Environmentalism driving Obama’s national monument obsession

Obama’s monument declarations in Hawaii and beyond are not motivated by a desire to protect lands threatened with imminent destruction; it is about building his legacy with far-Left environmental zealots. Millions of people are suffering so that Obama’s vanity can be satisfied. Obama’s Dangerous use of the National Monuments Law President Barack Obama greets some of the residents of the […]

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Would Bears Ears designation expose sacred sites to destructive tourist traffic?

Bears Ears: Will tourism be placed over preservation? “At the Effigy National Monument, it seems like tourism took precedence over preservation. Can we expect the same should the Bears Ears region be designated a national monument? The people of San Juan County, who aren’t willing to gamble with the answer to that question, have loudly voiced their opposition to the […]

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