Urge Secretary Zinke to Protect Bears Ears National Monument
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is testing the waters for his first attack on our national monuments following President Trump’s executive order last month.
The first monument in his crosshairs is Bears Ears National Monument—sacred land to five sovereign tribes and home to ancient cliff dwellings, Native American cultural sites, jaw-dropping beauty and iconic wildlife. It’s unconscionable, but the faster they can overturn or shrink Bears Ears, the faster they can give it away to oil, uranium and other industry interests.
But first, Zinke has to open his review of Bears Ears for public comment. You have a narrow window—just until July 10—to urge him to keep this iconic public land intact.
After receiving more than 150,000 comments in support of preserving Bears Ears National Monument, Zinke has extended the deadline until July 10—but his interim report calls for drastic reductions in the area under conservation.
Any attempt to reverse or shrink a monument designation by the executive branch is unlawful under the Antiquities Act. Only Congress has the authority to modify a national monument. Earthjustice stands ready to defend the Antiquities Act and the national monuments protected under the law.
Urge Secretary Zinke to follow in the footsteps of his hero Teddy Roosevelt by upholding our public lands and keeping Bears Ears National Monument intact and protected under the Antiquities Act.
The designation of Bears Ears marks the first time in the 110-year history of the Antiquities Act that Native American tribes—the Hopi, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Zuni and Ute Indian tribes—have come together to ask a president to designate a national monument.
We can’t let Bears Ears become the testing ground for dismantling the Antiquities Act. An attack on one national monument is an attack on them all.
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