TIME Magazine Article Features Tribes Suing to Get Back Bears Ears National Monument Status Taken by Trump

Published June 10, 2018

NEW YORK — In rare coverage on struggles of American Indians under Trump administration, in the current issue of TIME magazine, the publication is provides an article called “Tribes celebrated when Bears Ears became a national monument. Now they’re suing to get it back.

Trump signed an executive order on Monday, December 4 to dramatically shrink Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. Leaked maps indicate the administration’s attack is a stunning affront to Native sovereignty. Bears Ears is the ancestral and spiritual home of the Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni tribes, and is a vital and irreplaceable part of Indigenous culture.


“It’s been really traumatic for tribal members,” says Ethel Branch, attorney general for the Navajo Nation, “particularly for those who are right there on the ground and who have been fighting to have their voice heard for so long, and always facing a quieting of that.” The tribes’ lawsuit, one of several filed over the move, argues that President Trump did not have the authority to alter the monument. As it begins to work its way through the courts – parties are currently arguing over whether the case should be heard in D.C. or Utah – Bears Ears remains in limbo.

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