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Trump renamed parts of broken-up Bears Ears NMon with Navajo equivalent; critics see it as ploy

President Donald Trump not only trimmed and broke up the Bears Ears National Monument when he visited Utah last week. He also renamed it with the Navajo-language term for Bears Ears, a gesture that could be courting trouble with many Native Americans.

Officials in the Trump administration officials say renaming one of two new smaller monuments Shash Jaa reflects tribal spiritual and ancestral ties to that part of southern Utah’s San Juan County, where Bears Ears Buttes rise over the landscape like twin beacons.


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