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Trump might shrink or revoke the status of 23 national monuments including one that protects Native American history

Trump could decide this week to take down a sacred monument honoring Native Americans


The Trump administration is expected to receive a final report Thursday that will determine the fate of 23 national monuments.

Utah's Bears Ears National Monument, an Obama-era designation through the 1906 Antiquities Act, sits high up on the list of monuments Trump might shrink or rescind.

As part of a 45-day interim report, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told President Trump he believed Bears Ears "needs to be right-sized" and "co-managed by the Tribal nations."

The report was largely inspired by Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation and residents who wanted control of the land to stay with the state.

"I believe that the best people to make the best decisions on Utahan lands are Utahans," Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) said back when the Bears Ears National Monument was merely a proposition.

Since the designation, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have lobbied against the monument.

"When President Obama designated the Bears Ears monument in December, he did so ignoring the voices of Utah leaders who were united in opposition, and even more importantly, ignoring the voices of the local Utahans most affected by this massive land grab" Hatch said.

Those in favor of the monument include residents, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and various policy advocate groups throughout the country.

Many of whom have called on Secretary Zinke to leave the Bears Ears National Monument alone, arguing any modifications to the monument would hurt the land and lead to sacred relics being stolen.

"If these monuments are closed we expect there to be real and immediate pain for many communities across the west," Kate Kelly, public lands director at the Center for American Progress, told Circa.

Kelly said monuments are huge economic drivers for local business through tourism and outdoor recreation and that closing it down could result in loss of jobs and serious implications for the community.

"Hunters and anglers who have fished and hunted in these areas for generations may lose access to some of these public lands, because of the closures," Kelly said.

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