Tribal groups say Utah congressional delegates not consulting with them on Bears Ears decisions

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Tuesday community members and tribal groups gathered at the Capitol to show their opposition to a new bill.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Curtis and co-sponsored by Rep. Bishop, Rep. Stewart, and Rep. Love, would create the first-ever tribally managed national monument.

H.R. 4532 aka Shash Jáa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act establishes two national monuments in San Juan County, Utah: the Shash Jáa National Monument, the first tribally co-managed national monument in the nation, and the Indian Creek National Monument.

Those in opposition say the bill would “not only codify President Trump’s illegal evisceration of Bears Ears National Monument, but also delegate management of the monument to local officials and tribal representatives hand-picked by the Utah delegation, foregoing input from Tribal governments.”

Rep. Curtis says the bill focuses on input from Utah’s tribal member and local citizens. 

“It will protect archeological treasures and sacred sites while, where appropriate, maintaining multiple use lands for recreation, hunting and grazing. Ultimately, my bill enures the right decision is made in how we manage our land,” he said.

Tuesday, Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah) and members of the San Juan County Commission testified in Washington along with Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) in favor of H.R. 4532. 

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