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A Native American advocacy group is making a long shot request for an independent expert with the United Nations Human Rights Council to order the United States to respond to ongoing human right violations it says are happening at Bears Ears National Monument.

The Deseret News reported Tuesday that Utah Dine Bikeyah leaders say ongoing grave robbing and looting of cultural artifacts merit action and intervention. The group didn't provide any statistics to back the claim in its official letter.

The president of the Navajo Nation says a proposal that would have renamed a Utah highway after Donald Trump was insulting.

Navajo President Russell Begaye says naming the highway that connects national parks such as Zion, Arches and Bryce Canyon after President Trump would have been like pouring salt on an open wound.

A small Utah town will burn a dancing bears sculpture for an annual celebration of the winter solstice and to honor the former Bears Ears National Monument.

Bluff residents and friends Thursday night will burn the 15-foot-high effigy created by local artist Joe Pachak. The sculpture, made of willows and branches, depicts a traditional Ute dance step.

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Two Utah congressmen are introducing legislation addressing two national monuments that President Donald Trump is drastically shrinking, turning one into a small national park and allowing Native Americans to help manage the other.

Republican Rep. John Curtis said at a press conference Tuesday that his measure on Bears Ears National Monument would allow Native Americans and local residents manage the land.

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“Well, as we feared, Trump has cut out over two million acres,” said Scott Groene, the executive director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

sierraclub.org

President Donald Trump has signed proclamations to formally scale back two sprawling national monuments in Utah: Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante.

Representatives from 11 Utah counties calling for state control of federal lands are not sure what to expect when President Donald Trump visits Utah on Monday. County commissioners who are members of FIRM, the Foundation for Integrated Resource Management, say at the very least Trump’s planned visit to the state demonstrates his support of residents living in rural Utah.

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Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's office says President Donald Trump is expected to significantly downsize two sprawling Utah national monuments.

Ron Dean, Hatch's Central and Eastern Utah Director, testified to Utah lawmakers during a public lands hearing Tuesday that he hasn't seen Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations for the monuments but he expects Bears Ears National Monument will be reduced by nearly 80 to 90 percent of its current size and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be cut down by about 40 to 60 percent.

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Residents of a small community near the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah have voted to become the state's newest town.

Bluff residents on Tuesday voted nearly 3-to-1 in favor of incorporating.

Center for American Progress

 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has completed the review of national monuments mandated by President Trump. He has not released his recommendations. The New York Times is reporting that those recommendations include reducing the size of 4 national monuments, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah. Reports are that Secretary Zinke may recommend a drastic reduction in size for Bears Ears.

Who Will Handle Bears Ears Shrinkage?

Jun 14, 2017
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In a report Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument. 

In the language of the original 1906 Antiquities Act, Sec. Zinke’s report notes there are "objects of historic or scientific interest” within Bears Ears, but recommends shrinking its boundaries to "the smallest area compatible" with their preservation. The report did not detail how the monument should be shrunk.

The Salt Lake Tribune

 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has released his interim report on Bears Ears National Monument.

His recommendations include reducing the size of the monument and seeking congressional approval authorizing tribal co-management of the monument and designation of areas that fall outside the revised monument as national conservation or recreation areas. Sec. Zinke has extended the public comment period to July 10.

President Trump Orders Review Of Utah Monuments

Apr 26, 2017
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order to review twenty years of presidential monument designations on Wednesday. 

The Interior Department's review will include all designations larger than 100,000 acres made since 1996, including the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument and the 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Outdoor Clothing Company Patagonia Visits USU Campus

Apr 12, 2017

 

If you’re walking around the campus of Utah State University Wednesday you may have noticed a funny looking vehicle parked on the Quad and lots of signs for the clothing company Patagonia. This promotional event comes on the heels of Patagonia’s recent withdrawal from the Outdoor Retailer Show typically hosted in Salt Lake City.

Jon Kovash

We were a stones throw from the Arizona border. Hundreds of mostly Navajos and Utes, from Utah and the Four Corners, traveled long miles in sudden winter conditions, to gather at the well-heated Monument Valley Welcome Center. Residents of remote desert chapters mingled with the highest ranks of elected leadership from the Navajo Nation and the Utah Dine Bikeyah, and a smattering of sympathetic activists from regional environmental groups.