Navajo Nation to Sue Trump over Shrinking Bears Ears Monument

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The Navajo Nation has vowed to sue U.S. President Donald Trump over his decision to shrink Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent.

Hundreds of people – including native tribe, the Navajo, and others – along with environmentalists gathered in Washington to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s damning decision to shrink two national monuments in Southern Utah, Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante, significantly.

The Navajo Nation vow to sue the U.S. president over his decision to significantly shrink Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, a sprawling region of red rock canyons, by 85 percent.

“The Navajo Nation has made repeated requests to meet with President Trump on this issue. The Bears Ears Monument is of critical importance, not only to the Navajo Nation but to many tribes in the region,” Navajo President Russell Begaye said in a statement on Monday.

“We will stand and fight all the way,” Begaye, said, adding that the United States government had already taken “millions of acres of my people’s land.”

The Indigenous Navajos, who were pushing for protecting the land for several years now, consider the nearly 1.4 million acre region designated as a national monument by Obama in 2016, as sacred.

” I mean, one of the things that I want to say is, today marks one week after President Trump mentioned the Pocahontas deal, and now we’re looking at another troubling action by the White House, and it just – it’s a sad day,” Jonathan Nez, vice president of the Navajo Nation, told, Media Matters.

“It’s a sad day in Indian country. It’s a sad day for Americans to where the president says that the law of the land and Antiquities Act is the law of the land, but he is overstepping his own authority by doing this type of action.”

Along with Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante, also saw its federal protection slashed by half.

The decision has been hailed as a victory by the fossil fuel industry, but the environmentalists and the native inhabitants have expressed concern saying Trump’s decision could usher nearly 100,000 sites of archaeological importance in the monuments’ desert landscapes to their ruin.

“What’s next, President Trump, the Grand Canyon?” Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, asked.

Wilderness Society, Great Old Broads for Wilderness and eight other groups have already filed a lawsuit defending the Grand Staircase.

Via TeleSur

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  1. my thoughts and trumps actions: perhaps he really is too old. up until now i never really considered that SOME people are really handicapped by a mind set they grew up with and have not moved on. that is the nicest excuse i can use for a person that exemplifies everything negative i have known about the ‘american mind’ and more besides. the world is sinking under climate emergency conditions and this man wants to destroy for fossile fuels american greatest treasure – undisturbed environments, scared ground to native americans who have been robbed enough…..remember the phrase ‘Indian Giver’…..so trump is carrying on that tradition. there is no reason, no excuse for his bottomless greed, need to flaunt and misuse presidential power – it certainly is a clash of civilizations – this man has no idea what constitutes and ‘advanced’ civilization as he rolls america backwards out of that category. the man is primitive – a bigoted fasiest – that is the background of his father. but, alone he would be powerless. it is the support of those around him and the willingless of certain people to be led as they have difficulty in society that does not give them a black and white, right or wrong scenario to follow. where fundamentalist churches sway for at last they are dealing with a government that will support them and give them that good old fashioned ‘power’ they had over easily manipulated people and certainly not in the name of Christ for they represent everything unchristian (do unto others as you would have them do unto you). the false reality that formed a great percent of america’s culture has left people unequipped to live reality without the boost of fairytale movies, or idolization of brutal aggression rather than humanity. America is playing with the idea of justifying a nuclear war. Is that the path you wish to follow. you will follow it alone and then even you will be gone, self destruction. we, the rest of the world, can only wish the first and last nuclear bomb falls within the united states for we have learned our lesson from the past and hope that just plain distance will allow us to survive. the tendency of trump to play on this scale is so immensely selfish it is unbelievable. maybe, like nero, it wants fame at any cost, but who will be left and what will be left to know the name trump unless some tower ruin still displays his name. nuclear demenstration of orthere is what a civilization will let

    • The concern over Christian Nationalism/Dominionism is well made. The utter hypocrisy of this movement will surely get a lot of innocent people killed or maimed.

      Stealing Native American lands IS a way of life in Christian America and has a long history which also got a lot of innocent people killed or maimed.

      Trumpnazi doesn’t care who he damages in the NAME OF JESUS! Be it in the Middle East, on the Korean Peninsula or in Whitefish, Montana.

      His minions consider him a divine prophecy.

      link to patheos.com

      link to religionnews.com

      These are truly dangerous times because these devout fools also believe in the END OF DAYS!

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