Do you support Trump's efforts to reduce national monuments? (Real-Time News from

Do you support Trump’s efforts to reduce national monuments?

Environmental groups and tribal nations are filing lawsuits against the Trump administration. The president reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah by two million acres, the largest rollback of federal land protection in U.S. history. Critics say he lacks legal authority to reduce monuments, and that it’s wrong to open tribal lands to development. But others say the federal government should not control state lands, and that the people of Utah should decide. What do you think? 


President Barack Obama created Bears Ears National Monument after years of lobbying by five tribes in the region to protect sacred lands from development. The boundaries dissolved by President Donald Trump protected more than 100,000 objects of archaeological significance, including grave sites, ceremonial grounds, ancient cliff dwellings and the surrounding ecosystem.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hit back at critics, saying that the federal government had no right to tell the people of Utah how to use their land.

“[We must open up our public land to the public, greater access, making sure hunting and fishing rights, grazing,” he added. “There are multigenerational ranching families that found their livelihood being threatened.”

“We need to make sure we’re actively managing our lands,” he said. “Public use is important, and our land is for the benefit and enjoyment of the people and not special interest groups.”

The decision was seen as a victory for states’ rights advocates, who called Obama’s establishing of the monuments gross federal overreach.

Many protested Obama’s original designation of the land as national monuments. Supporters of the Trump’s decision said this was a victory for the people of Utah over special interests and an interfering federal government.

But environmentalists and tribal leaders said the decision was a victory for oil and gas developers, not for the people of Utah.

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December 8, 2017 at 09:03AM

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