Trump Drastically Cuts National Monument Sacred to Native Americans

Religion News Service’s Emily McFarlan Miller reports, “President Trump has signed presidential proclamations to shrink two Utah national monuments in a move that Native American tribal leaders, clergy, environmentalists and other opponents have described as the largest elimination of protective status for land in American history.” Monday’s proclamation aims to reduce the sacred 1.5-million acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by 85 percent. Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez responded, “We are resilient and refuse to allow President Trump’s unlawful decision to discourage us. We will continue to fight in honor of our ancestral warriors who fought for our way of life, for our culture and for our land too.”

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