FT. DUCHESNE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – President Donald Trump visited Utah Monday to announce the signing of an executive order to shrink two Utah national monuments.
Trump signed two proclamations modifying the size Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.
The Ute Indian Tribe says it is “deeply offended” by Trump’s announcement Monday. The tribe says the action will “threaten the tribe’s cultural and historical resources that were protected by the designation of the monument.” The Ute Tribe, along with four other tribes, says it will be filling a lawsuit against Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and others to challenge the move.
“The President promised to drain the swamp,” said Luke Duncan Chairman of the Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee, “but with this unilateral action at the request of a few powerful Utah politicians the swamp is only getting deeper.”
“We refuse to become the forgotten people of this land and the President should recognize and respect our voice in this matter as the first Utahans.” said Duncan.
The Ute Tribe maintains “Antiquities Act does not give a President the authority to revoke or shrink an established National Monument. “It is the position of Ute Indian Tribe that President Trump’s plan to shrink Bears Ears constitutes an unlawful revocation of a National Monument and his actions in this matter should be universally condemned by all indigenous peoples of the world and those that support indigenous peoples rights.”
The Ute Indian Tribe resides on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in northeastern Utah.