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Navajo Nation calls on restoration of Bears Ears National Monument during Deb Haaland visit to Utah

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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More than three years after the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah was drastically shrunk in size, tribal leaders and activists are hopeful that Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland would soon recommend its restoration.

(CNN)More than three years after the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah was drastically shrunk in size, tribal leaders and activists are hopeful that Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland would soon recommend its restoration.

"This was an opportunity to share with Secretary Haaland the significance of Bears Ears to the Navajo people," Nez said in his statement.

Patrick Gonzales-Rogers, executive director of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a group formed in 2015 by the tribes to advocate for the monument, said they are "allowing the process to unfold. " But he also acknowledged Haaland "has created more action in the last 30 days and brought more people to the table" than in the past three years.

In 2016, former president Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act to designate Bears Ears as a national monument, noting that members of Congress, Secretaries of the Interior, state and tribal leaders, and local conservationists had proposed protections for at least 80 years.

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