Corporate enviros terrified that abusive Antiquities Act land grabs might end

“Like you, we care deeply for our public lands and have genuine concerns about presidents meddling with millions of acres. We see more losers than winners when a president with a phone and a pen is making unilateral decisions, far removed from the land and people who call these places home.” Op-ed by Matthew Anderson The Deseret News Reforming the […]

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VIDEO: President has authority to reverse Antiquities Act designations

During his term, the former president used executive actions to lock up hundreds of millions of acres on both land and sea, making them off-limits to the use of those who have depended for generations on the development of resources in those regions. The Bears Ears National Monument designation, made while Obama was on vacation with his family during the […]

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Antiquities Act, unilateral monuments in crosshairs of Western conservative lawmakers

Bears Ears has already gained national attention as a battleground between former President Barack Obama’s focus on environmental protection and locals who oppose more federal restrictions on land use. But some Republicans have their eye on a much broader rollback of the president’s authority to establish monuments. Jack Fitzpatrick Morning Consult Conservative lawmakers from Western states believe they have a rare […]

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Bears Ears sold on the myth of tribal co-management

The Navajo Nation Aneth chapter, one of the chapters closest to the monument, rejected the proposal. Many Native Americans have stood up against this designation from the beginning. They have already lived through too many broken government promises and witnessed the results. Kara Laws SaveBearsEars.com Directly from the Presidential Proclamation that created the Bears Ears National Monument, “Nothing in this […]

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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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Big recreation industry joins enviros and Obama to wage war on rural West

The seizure of 1.9 million acres is a tricky proposition, and the mostly-white, wealthy environmentalists and big rec corporate heads pushing for a monument in the Bears Ears region needed a ruse; a sympathetic face to front the massive land-grab. They found the Inter-tribal Coalition easy to exploit. Some might call it a conflict of interest, and others might call it a shared vision, but with former REI […]

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State and local leaders push back against federal Bears Ears land grab

The most prominent Navajo opposed to the monument, Benally opened and closed Lee’s gathering in the Capitol’s elegant Gold Room. She called on environmental groups to quit “romanticizing and using Native Americans” for their political ends and decried the monument proposal for dividing tribal communities and tearing families apart. (Salt Lake Tribune) These statements were recorded in Salt Lake City […]

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WikiLeaks exposes Podesta/PEW collusion behind Obama monuments push

The email from PEW’s Mike Matz to Podesta, titled “National Monuments check in,” begins by citing a ‘lull’ in the creation of national monuments, and blames it largely on “the occupation by militants of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.” Podesta’s Inbox: PEW Trusts urges action on National Monuments before Obama leaves office Ranchers, farmers, rural people and local leaders in Western […]

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