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The Future of National Monuments

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Background on Bears' Ears

 

https://www.theguard...-heritage-trump

 

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Bears Ears is one of the most powerful and historic cultural and spiritual centers of the first peoples of the south-west. The monument, established in the twilight of the Obama administration, stands just next door to Canyonlands national park, north of the San Juan river and east of the Colorado. 

 

The rock formation after which the monument is named comprises twin buttes standing high above the piñon-juniper treetops, carved canyons, and majestic mesas – like the head of a bear emerging from the south-west landscape.

 

The area is revered by a full five Native nations in the south-west: the Navajo, Hopi, Uintah & Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Zuni.

 

This land was the birthplace of Chief Manuelito of the Bít’aa’níí or “Folded Arms People Clan”. Manuelito led the Navajo, the second-largest tribal nation in the United States, in a valiant struggle against removal to internment camps in desolate Bosque Redondo, present-day New Mexico. 

 

The Navajo were removed from their homes by gunpoint in 1864 – a dark chapter in Navajo and American history now known simply as the “Long Walk”. Manuelito, the warrior and leader, signed an 1868 treaty that ended this forced exodus, allowing the Navajo to return to a reservation established on homelands spanning parts of Arizona and New Mexico. 

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‘Indigenous calls to honor this sacred place have been ignored.’

Photograph: Francisco Kjolseth/AP


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls


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Having read that Vice article, basically the guy is just pointing out that all of these historic figures were people, with flaws and weaknesses, by putting up a 60ft marble statue of someone you don't teach people about these real people, you're making a myth or a legend, and a statement about who is in charge today and who they venerate.

 

Given that a lot of these people owned slaves and got involved things that were normal and acceptable in their time, but are pretty screwed up by modern standards. We shouldn't confuse ignoring their flaws, and ignoble acts for patriotism, or awareness of their flaws for disloyalty or hatred of America. 

 

 

It's going to be impossible to improve America if we can't be honest about its origins and its past.



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Native Americans rewrote the playbook for preserving public land — and Trump is trying to erase it

 

http://www.latimes.c...-htmlstory.html

 

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(Los Angeles Times) Near the summit of Comb Ridge, in a high-desert region of dancing shadow and red rock splendor, serrated peaks form one of southeast Utah’s most recognizable landmarks.

 

It is hallowed ground for the Navajo and other Native American tribes whose ancestors scaled cliffs to build stone settlements on ledges and alcoves beneath trackless mesas.

 

Eleven months ago, descendants of these ancient people notched one of the great political achievements in Native American history. Following 14 months of government-to-government negotiation between the United States and five Native American tribes, President Obama signed Proclamation 9558.

 

…That achievement is now under siege by the Trump administration, also in an unprecedented way.

 

He may not have known it at the time, but when Obama signed Proclamation 9558, he set in motion a far-reaching confrontation over land, resources and political influence that could reshape rural communities and decide stewardship of the West’s public domain for the rest of the century.

 


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can't wait for the next presidential election.


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Uranium firm urged Trump officials to shrink Bears Ears National Monument

 

https://www.washingt...a581_story.html

 

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(Washington Post) A uranium company launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument, saying such action would give it easier access to the area’s uranium deposits and help it operate a nearby processing mill, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and top Utah Republicans have said repeatedly that questions of mining or drilling played no role in President Trump’s announcement Monday that he was cutting the site by more than 1.1 million acres, or 85 percent. Trump also signed a proclamation nearly halving the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is also in southern Utah and has significant coal deposits.

 

“This is not about energy,” Zinke told reporters Tuesday. “There is no mine within Bears Ears.”

 

But the nation’s sole uranium processing mill sits directly next to the boundaries that President Barack Obama designated a year ago when he established Bears Ears. The documents show that Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of a Canadian firm, urged the Trump administration to limit the monument to the smallest size needed to protect key objects and areas, such as archeological sites, to make it easier to access the radioactive ore.

 

In a May 25 letter to the Interior Department, Chief Operating Officer Mark Chalmers wrote that the 1.35 million-acre expanse Obama created “could affect existing and future mill operations.” He later noted, “There are also many other known uranium and vanadium deposits located within the [original boundaries] that could provide valuable energy and mineral resources in the future.”


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It's good that the federal government is giving up land. It's ridiculous that in some western states, it owns the vast majority of all the land.


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