Navajo president calls on Congress to reject bill codifying Trump’s reduction of Bears Ears NMon
WASHINGTON — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye took a stand for tribal sovereignty and preservation of the Navajo way of life Jan. 9 when he urged Congress to strike down a bill that would slash 85 percent of the land from Bears Ears National Monument.
During a legislative hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands, Navajo leaders opposed H.R. 4532, introduced by Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah). Also known as the Curtis Bill, the resolution seeks to nullify former President Barack Obama’s December 2016 proclamation establishing Bears Ears as a 1.35 million-acre national monument in San Juan County, Utah. The bill cuts Bears Ears to a mere 200,000 acres and divides it into two smaller monuments: the Shash Jáa unit and the Indian Creek unit.