On April 26, President Trump issued an executive order requiring the Department of the Interior to review national monuments designated since 1996 to determine which could be repealed or reduced. Yesterday, DOI Secretary Zinke, announced he recommends shrinking the borders of Bear’s Ears National Monument in Utah. This Monument is home to tens of thousands of important cultural sites, and the result of years of work by Tribal Nations — including the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and the Ute Indian Tribe. This Executive order is part of a larger effort by the Trump administration to drill, dismantle and degrade our public lands and waters.
In New Hampshire, members of the native community and the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club attended the Zinke event to show their disapproval by holding signs and using social media.
Catherine Corkery from NH Sierra Club:
“Secretary Zinke’s recommendation shows the Trump Administration is willing to ignore tribal sovereignty, the law, science, and the will of the American people to sell out our public lands. With all national monuments designated since 1996 still under “review” – and the very authority underlying national monuments at stake – this recommendation confirms the Trump Administration is on a disturbing path with national parks, public lands and waters.
In New England, ignoring the hard work of local people who negotiated the existing and recently approved monuments, not only disrespects the time and effort invested to develop the public land, it creates distrust in our government process and threatens our democracy. We will defend against this injustice to the native community and all protectors of our planet.”