On March 13, the House National Resources Committee will hold an oversight hearing, “Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments” to examine the Trump Administration’s reduction of the protected areas at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments.
The hearing will include remarks by representatives from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, which is made up of Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe, and the Pueblo of Zuni. The hearing will also include witnesses representing the Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, outdoor recreationists, and a paleontologist, among others.
The National Trust, which named Bears Ears a National Treasure in 2014 and is a party to a lawsuit challenging the president’s action, will be submitting testimony for consideration by the Committee. The National Trust has strongly opposed President Trump’s reduction of the Bears Ears National Monument as a violation of the executive authority vested by the Antiquities Act, a rejection of the overwhelming public support for the original monument designation, and a dishonor to Native American heritage and culture.
To add your voice to the call for careful stewardship of priceless cultural landscapes like Bears Ears, please take a minute to register your support for the Antiquities Act, one of America’s bedrock conservation and preservation laws.