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Opinion: Bears Ears should remain a National Monument

Something’s rotten in the State of Utah. More specifically, something’s rotten in Utah’s legislature. A resolution was proposed during the 2017 General Session to ask President Trump to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument; the bill recently passed in the senate, with twenty-two senators for and only a paltry six against.

The bill points to the fact that “every member of Utah's congressional delegation publically opposed the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument.”

A little history:

The Utah Congressional delegation, made up of four representatives and two senators–all Republicans–had issued a joint statement dripping with emotion and concern for the Utahans they claim to represent a year ago. Federal management of the land was condemned, along with the alleged “special-interest groups” statewide and outside Utah blamed for supporting the national government’s efforts to protect the 1.35 million acres of public land. Given the fact that the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the various Utah tribes grouped around the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition issued a spate of resolutions supporting Obama’s move to protect the land, the “special-interest groups