Democrats Protest President Trump’s Decision to Shatter Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: December 4, 2017

Contact:     Ross Chambless, Communications Director
                    Utah House Democratic Caucus
                    (801) 326-1568 |

Jon Hennington, Minority Executive Assistant
Utah Senate Minority Caucus
(801) 538-1406 |

Salt Lake City – Today Utah House and Senate Democrats issued the following statement:

The thoughtless actions taken by President Trump are unprecedented and illegal.  They are a gift to those who wish to exploit Utah’s natural treasures, and an insult to the Native American tribes who have worked so hard to ensure that their sacred lands are protected from those who would pillage their artifacts and ruin their beauty.  Their voices have never truly been heard by this administration or by our state delegation.  The overwhelming majority of Native Americans have repeatedly shown their support for the Bears Ears Monument from the beginning.  This decision will also hurt tourism and economic vitality for the many Utahns who built their small businesses around Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  

This type of policymaking, undertaken merely to undermine the actions taken by the previous administration, is no way to govern.  These actions are extremely divisive.  Rather than bringing people together to work towards a collaborative land management plan for these national monuments, President Trump has chosen to unilaterally shatter these majestic areas in reckless ways that remove protection from the most beautiful, culturally significant, and scientifically important lands in our state. This action is shameful, petty, and demonstrates an utter failure of leadership.