President Trump has done many controversial things since he took office. However, one of his planned actions that is generating a huge uproar is his desire to shrink two of the most sacred Native American national monuments located in Utah. The two that will be targeted are the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears monuments. President Obama signed a monument proclamation which protected these areas. However, Trump is seeking to overturn this so that much of this sacred land can be utilized for the purpose of drilling for gas and oil.
There are five Native American nations that have already announced publicly that they will sue the United States government if the land of these national monuments is taken away from them. Many legal experts have been skeptical of Trump’s power to reduce the size of national monuments that are already protected. No president in modern history has attempted something like this. Therefore, it is a commonly held belief that the Native Americans will prevail if this ever goes to court.
These national monuments contain many places that are historically significant. There are Native American burial sites and cave dwellings. There is also artwork that dates back 500 years or more. Therefore, the land is not just important to Native Americans. People who are against the shrinking of these national monuments feel that they are an important piece of the history of this country. More info will be released about Trump’s plan in the near future. It remains to be seen if he will change his mind.