The Navajo, Hopi, Ute and Zuni tribes all have historical roots in the area known as Bears Ears, which also is home to important environmental sites, say supporters of the move to re-establish a 1.36 million acre national monument in the southern Utah lands. (Photo by Josh Ewing/Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition)
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Biden reverses Trump cuts to national monuments, restores Bears Ears

by Diannie Chavez, Cronkite News October 11, 2021 Washington        President Joe Biden restored Bears Ears National Monument to its previous 1.36 million-acres footprint Friday, reversing a Trump-era decision to cut as much as 85%…

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Bears Ears National Monument in Utah is home to more than 100,000 Native American archaeological and cultural sites. (Photo: Bob Wick/U.S. Bureau of Land Management/Flickr/cc)
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Frustrated Tribal leaders urge Biden to immediately restore Bears Ears Monument

“We have tried to be patient and respectful as we await your decision on restoration. However, the longer action is not taken, real harm, much permanent, is occurring on this sacred landscape.” by Brett Wilkins, Common…

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An existing transmission line passes through the heart of Thacker Pass, following the slope down into the Quinn River Valley below. The Santa Rosa Mountains rise up in the background. Russel Albert Daniels / High Country News
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Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new era of Western extraction

The hastily approved project went forward without comment from the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe. by Maya L. Kapoor, High Country News February 18, 2021  the Great Basin Desert of northern Nevada and southern Oregon, Thacker…

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Indigenous Rights, climate action groups among those championing Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary

“It’s time that Indigenous people have authority over stolen land.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, December 10, 2020 The national women’s rights organization UltraViolet on Wednesday became the latest group to call on President-elect Joe…

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Community activists/ watch dogs demand senate reject Trump’s pick to manage US public lands

300+ Groups: ‘Worst possible person’   “When a nominee is clearly unfit for a position, it is the Senate’s constitutional and moral duty to reject the nomination.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, August 3 Over…

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A drilling rig in the Uinta Basin in Utah, with the Uinta Mountains shown in the background. (Photo: WildEarth Guardians/Flickr/cc)
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Oil companies can set their own rates for royalties from drilling on public lands

“Oil and gas corporations already pay pennies compared to what they make in profits from plundering public lands—land that belongs to the American people—and now they’ll pay even less.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, May…

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The Bears Ears
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Bears Ears: what’s the rumble about?

Bears Ears is the first tribally requested national monument and has been home to Hopi, Diné, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni peoples since time immemorial, it was designated as a national monument in 2016 to…

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The Trump administration on Thursday released its final management plans for a lands previously protected as national monuments. (Photo: Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management/Flickr/cc)
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Trump’s final plan to open treasured public lands in Utah called ‘Sellout’ to big oil

The administration’s new managment plans “are the latest in a series of insults… that began when Trump illegally dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase at the behest of corporate interests two years ago.” By Jessica Corbett,…

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