President Trump Sued You Screwed Utah Monument!!! Law Doesn't Allow It, Buddy

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

Environmental groups and Native American tribes wasted no time in filing lawsuits to stop the Trump administration's vast cuts to two Utah national monuments.

Patagonia's reaction was rapid in the aftermath of Monday evening's White House announcement that the Trump Administration seeks to shrink the size of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by as much as 90 percent.

"The argument that somehow President Trump stole land is nefarious, false and a lie", he said.

Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of eight organizations on Monday, claiming the President violated the Antiquities Act, signed by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 to preserve ruins or monuments on federal land.

The Hopi, Navajo, Ute Indian, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni nations filed a complaint against the Trump administration, - including U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the director of the Bureau of Land Management, Brian Steed - on Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. This is the biggest reduction of federal land protection in the history of the nation.

Bears Ears National Monument was established as a national monument by President Obama in December 2016, and Grand Staircase-Escalante was set as a national monument by President Clinton in 1996. No president has ever revoked and replaced a national monument before because it is not legal to do so. The company also expressed the potential damage the move could do to the outdoor recreation economy, which now contributes a whopping 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in annual consumer spending, not to mention the public's access to public lands.

In July, the Outdoor Industry Association also announced that Outdoor Retailer, one of the largest outdoor trade shows in the USA, will move its location to Denver next year.

"This decision is part of a long pattern of attacks against public lands and will harm hundreds of local Utah communities and businesses, will stifle millions of dollars in annual economic activity and threatens thousands of jobs in the region, Outdoor Retailer said. I have seen these impacts myself - and as an American, I am ashamed we have let this happen".

"These abuses of the Antiquities Act give enormous power to faraway bureaucrats at the expense of the people who actually live here, work here, and make this place their home".

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