Public LandSocial Justice

These Monumental Lands: Why Native American Communities Demand National Monuments Remain Protected

In April, President Donald Trump ordered a review of National Monuments designated from 1996 to 2016. Two of these happen to be in Nevada, and two others lie next door in Utah. Below the fold, we’ll dig deeper into what this fight is about and why Native American communities are fighting to defend these Monuments. (more…)

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Gold Butte Takes Center Stage Again in Mesquite

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hosted a public meeting in Mesquite last Thursday to provide local residents with information about the newly designated Gold Butte National Monument. A contingent of Bundy sympathizers tried to drown out dialogue. BLM representatives and Mesquite residents nonetheless engaged in that dialogue on how to move forward in protecting Gold Butte. (more…)

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Guest Blog: National Monument for Gold Butte Designated

In the closing days of his administration, President Barack Obama declared Nevada’s Gold Butte and Utah’s Bears Ears National Monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act.  The President’s action brought the number of areas declared by both Republican and Democrat Presidents as National Monuments to 129. Congress passed the Antiquities Act to ensure the protection of Native American ruins, artifacts and other objects of historical and scientific interests.  Congress gave Presidents this authority for another reason. They knew as far back…