We must keep public lands open.
I stand with the 71% of Utahns that support the designation of Bears Ears National Monument including the Ute Mountain Ute, Uintah Ouray Ute, Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni Tribes. Not only would the Bears Ears Proposal protect almost 2 million acres of land sacred to many Tribes, but it would also stimulate the economy and sustain small businesses in the surrounding areas.
I attended both the special hearing and the special legislative session on Bears Ears in support of the protection of this beautiful land. I also met with representatives of the Ute Tribe, who spoke to me of their love for this land and how important it was for it to be protected.
The president has the authority to designate national monuments under the Antiquities Act, and I support his use of it to protect Bears Ears. The state legislature does not have the resources to care for the lands of which they are trying to gain control. They only want to gain control of this land so that it can be be sold to private hands, which would end public access to this land forever.
Our legislators could be standing with Native American Tribes, small business owners, and the majority of Utahns. Instead they have chosen to file a frivolous $14 million dollar bound-to-fail lawsuit against the federal government to try to gain control over these lands. Their actions are both unethical and fiscally irresponsible.
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