Thousands protest Trump's decision to reduce Utah National Monuments

Trump to Slash Bears Ears & Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

Thousands of people gathered at the Utah State Capitol Saturday to rally against President Donald Trump's anticipated announcement to shrink two national monuments in Utah. "It is also an affront to Native American Tribes". Geoff Webb was on the Federal Land Management team that created the Grand Staircase Escalante national monument under President Clinton.

The Utah Highway Patrol estimated the crowd to be about 5,000 people, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Attorney general for the Navajo Nation, Ethel Branch, said Trump should visit the monuments before making a decision on them.

Trump has told Republican Sen.

Trump and his deputies have argued that numerous national monuments designated by previous presidents under the 1906 Antiquities Act were overly broad given what needed to be protected. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and other Utah officials that he will follow the recommendations of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke regarding the monuments.

Trump is traveling to Utah on Monday and is expected to announce details about his plan to shrink the two monuments, the first and the largest monuments targeted for reduction by Trump after a review of monuments nationwide launched earlier this year. Grand Staircase-Escalante, which presently stretches 1.8 million acres in Garfield and Kane counties in southern Utah, would be divided into three new federal lands: Escalante Canyon National Monument, Grand Staircase National Monument, and Kaiparowits National Monument. One of the most contentious has been the 1.35 million-acres Bears Ears, which President Obama established. "It's important to recognize what the attempt of that is, is to preserve our history, preserve our public lands", Kennedy said.

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