Guardians, sovereign tribal nations, and local and national groups—all plaintiffs in the federal court cases challenging the legality of the Trump administration’s reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments—released a joint statement on February 6.
The statement comes in response to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s finalizing its management plans for the monuments. Trump’s action to reduce and revoke the monuments, and the management plans, eliminate protections for hundreds of thousands of cultural, natural, and sacred objects, and open up lands to mining and drilling.
“These management plans, like Trump’s orders in 2017 gutting Bears Ears and Grand Staircase, were devised to wring private profit from national treasures,” said Guardians’ Chris Krupp.
Read the statement.