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Utah tribes oppose House bills that would hobble Antiquities Act

Utah Diné Bikéyah is calling on its supporters to be on standby as two pieces of legislation — H.R. 3990 in Congress and House Joint Resolution 001 in the Utah Legislature — threaten the 1906 Antiquities Act, a law that honors Native American history and authorized President Obama to designate the Bears Ears National Monument.

The 1906 Antiquities Act is under threat, both at the federal and state level, by elected Utah leaders. H.R. 3990, or the National Monument Creation and Protection Act sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT-1), amends the Antiquities Act by unduly limiting the authority of presidents to protect unique and special public lands from destructive and irreversible uses. It has passed through the House Committee on Natural Resources but has yet to come to a vote on the House floor of the U.S. Congress.


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