President Trump signed two proclamations today to downsize Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This caused environmental groups to sue the government in federal court to prevent the shrinking of the monuments. The groups include the Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club.
Five tribes consider Bears Ears National Monument sacred. The Navajo, Hopi, Pueblo of Zuni, Ute Mountain and Ute Indians have banned together in protest to President Trumps reduction of two of Utah’s National Monuments. The five tribes pushed for the creation of Bears Ears and now are considering legal actions against the government.