Last chance to speak up for national monuments

This coming Monday, July 10, is the final day for you to tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that he and President Trump need to leave Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments intact.

On June 12th, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke issued an interim report recommending that Bears Ears National Monument be significantly reduced in size—a move that simultaneously dishonored Native American Tribes and ignored the input of hundreds of thousands of American citizens.

Meanwhile, Secretary Zinke has invited local counties to submit revised boundaries for Grand Staircase-Escalante—a well established monument celebrated for revitalizing local communities and yielding stunning paleontological discoveries.

With both monuments under siege, with fossil fuel development threats knocking on their doors. A strong record of public support is essential. If you haven’t made your voice heard yet, now is the time.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Submit your comment here to tell Secretary Zinke to leave Utah’s monuments alone.
  • Sign this petition and this petition to the Department of the Interior.
  • Tweet and share the following articles everyday from now until Monday.

– Salt Lake Tribune:  “Oil and gas industry will pounce if Bears Ears shrinks
– Salt Lake Tribune Op Ed: “State politicians may not support our newest monument but real Utahns do
– Video clip of Navajo Nation Council Delegate Davis Filfred asking Interior Secretary Zinke and President Trump to uphold Bears Ears National Monument, comparing sacred sites in Bears Ears to holy sites spared from bombing attacks by the US military in places around the world. Filfred served in the US Marine Corps. Share on Facebook or Twitter.
– The Atlantic: “Will Bears Ears Remain a National Monument?” – How rescinding the Monument would be the latest in a history of examples of the federal government setting aside lands in conjunction with Tribes only to break the agreement.
– The Hill: “Trump’s attack on national monuments reflects disregard for America’s diversity” –  How with his April 26 executive order, President Trump showed extreme contempt for both U.S. public lands and the cultures, histories and experiences they embody.
– The Revelator: “The Roots of the Antiquities Act? They’re in Bears Ears
– Deseret News Op Ed: “The fossils from Grand Staircase-Escalante would have made Utah world-renowned
– Video clip of Shaun Chapoose of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee addresses the Executive Order to review national monuments and Secretary Ryan Zinke‘s statement that “sovereignty should mean something.” Share on Facebook or Twitter.
– Salt Lake Tribune Op Ed: “Young leaders see value in preserving public lands
– Salt Lake Tribune Letter: “Zinke should make no changes to Grand Staircase-Escalante
– Huffpost Op Ed: “Veterans Fought For Our Monuments, Urge Trump and Zinke to Not Undermine Them
– Indian Country Today: “Zinke Says Tribes Are ‘Happy’ to Have Bears Ears Modifications; Tribes Disagree
– The Hill Op Ed: “Channeling Teddy Roosevelt: How Trump and Interior’s Ryan Zinke can protect public lands

(adapted from SUWA)

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