Only a week after using the name of a historical Native American figure as a slur, American President Donald Trump is back in the news for no good reason.
Once again President Trump is in the news for making a decision that many are viewing as one that is most certainly not in his best interest.
This time, Trump has decided to shrink two large national monuments in Utah, a move that has not gone over well with Native American leaders.
“It’s just another slap in the face for a lot of us, a lot of our Native American brothers and sisters,” Navajo Nation Vice-President Jonathan Nez said. “To see that happen a week ago, with disparaging remarks, and now this.”
Various groups have already filed suit against the decision, claiming that the land in question is sacred, and with more suits pending this case will be one that drags on for years to come.
Conservation groups are referring to Trump’s decision as one that would eliminate the largest amount of protected land in American history.
Trump wants to reduce Bears Ears National Monument by as much as 85 per cent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly half.
If Trump has his way, Bears Ears, would be reduced to 315 square miles, and Grand Staircase Escalante would be reduced to 1569 square miles.
More than 3,000 protesters lined up near the state capital Monday, some with signs that said, “Keep your tiny hands off our public lands.”
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