Broad Coalition Sues to Stop Trump Administration’s Unlawful Dismemberment of the Bears Ears National Monument

December 6, 2017

On December 6, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with our partner groups Patagonia Works, Utah Diné Bikéyah, Friends of Cedar Mesa, Archaeology Southwest, Conservation Lands Foundation, Access Fund, and the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology, filed a lawsuit to block President Trump’s attempt to revoke protections for approximately 85 percent of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.

Stephanie K. Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation said:

“Bears Ears National Monument tells the story of human civilization in North America thousands of years before the arrival of the first Europeans, and our nation cannot afford to have this sacred place opened to looting, vandalism or destructive oil and gas development. Shrinking the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument is a direct assault on the Antiquities Act, one of America’s bedrock conservation and preservation laws that has helped to ensure the protection of many irreplaceable cultural landscapes across the United States. This unprecedented action does not represent the will of the American people, and is, in fact, destructive to all we hold dear as a nation. We look forward to defending Bears Ears, the Antiquities Act, and America’s unparalleled system of public lands.”

The full press release may be read here.

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