You’ve heard about it HR4532…designed to destroy Bear’s Ears National Monument. It is a test of the 45’s power to override the Antiquities Act of 1906 established by Teddy Roosevelt to protect our sacred inheritance from oil and mining interests.
San Juan County in Southern Utah is the poorest County in the State with a population of about 16,000, one of the most sparsely populated. Approximately 50% of the population is Native American with strong historical and cultural ties to the land. Its Native Americans petitioned President Obama to increase the size of the Monument due to the many sacred sites throughout the area. 45, focused on destroying everything Obama accomplished, is perfectly willing to destroy many of America’s unique and magnificent National Monuments.
If he is successful in Utah he will go after all of the 10 sites that Secretary of the Interior Zinke laid out in his report to the Whitehouse.
The ultimate intent of HR 4532 is to remove the Federal protections granted to National Monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906.
The first National Monument set to go is the Bear’s Ears. The next one slated for destruction is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument also located in Utah. Third on the list is one of the few remaining old growth forests in the Western United States, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument along the California Oregon border.
Some of the protections granted to National Parks and Monuments are safety from mining, drilling, fracking, clear-cutting,grazing, off-road vehicle damage, vandalism, looting and destruction from inappropriate uses.
Congress will be asked to vote on HR4532. Our voices can only be heard through our representatives. Let’s call Congressman Knight and say something like:
HR4532 paves the way to the selling off of America’s natural treasures. Native Americans petitioned President Obama to increase the size of the Bears Ears due to its sacred sites. Please vote against this violation of both religious rights and the destruction of an American natural treasure.