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As Trump Administration Eyes Changes to Gold Butte, Community Leaders Demand Monument Be Kept Whole

Just one day after President Donald Trump traveled to Utah to sign two proclamations to drastically reduce Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke confirmed on a press call that he’s recommending some sort of reduction to Nevada’s Gold Butte National Monument. Moments after the news broke, local public lands advocates gathered in Las Vegas to make clear that Nevadans won’t accept any cuts to the state’s monuments. (more…)

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Trump Announces Reduction of Two Utah Monuments

Standing in front of the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, President Donald Trump ended just over three months worth of suspense as he announced his decision on the future of several National Monuments. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his report in August on the monuments he was tasked to review, but it wasn't until today when the White House finally confirmed Trump's plans to severely reduce the square footage of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments in…

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Paiute Activist Fawn Douglas Honored by Nevada Indian Commission

By Natalie Hernandez and Andrew Davey Las Vegas Paiute artist and activist Fawn Douglas was one of four Nevadans honored at the American Indian Achievement Awards in Carson City last Saturday. Douglas was recognized by the Nevada Indian Commission for her tireless advocacy for Southern Nevada Paiute communities, including her work to protect tribal ancestral lands. That work continued Saturday, when Douglas used her acceptance speech to ask Senator Dean Heller (R) to meet with tribal communities about protecting Gold…

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Broken Promises: Nevadans Condemn Ryan Zinke Shutting Them Out of Monuments Review

Hours after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke abruptly left Nevada, Southern Nevada elected officials and local public lands advocates gathered in Las Vegas to express their outrage. Zinke had promised two days worth of meetings with environmentalists, Native Americans, and elected leaders to discuss Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments. Instead, Zinke left them hanging. (more…)

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Broken Promises: Ryan Zinke Avoids Key Local Officials During Tour of Nevada Monuments

In June, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promised to meet with key stakeholders when he’d return to Nevada to tour the two Nevada monuments included in the Trump Administration’s review. In July, Zinke left these local stakeholders off his agenda… again. Let’s dig deeper into the two key promises Zinke made in June, promises that Zinke would break one month later. (more…)

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Nevadans to Trump Administration: “Leave Our Monuments Alone”

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is set to return to Nevada later this month, as the Trump Administration continues its review of 24 National Monuments. In advance of Zinke’s return, Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas) and Dina Titus (D-Paradise) joined several other Nevadans in making clear to the White House they want Nevada’s Monuments left alone. (more…)

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Mesquite City Council Sneaks in Anti-Gold Butte Resolution for Quick Approval

On the final Mesquite City Council meeting before the Fourth of July holiday, the council voted 4-1 to approve a controversial resolution endorsing a reduction in the size of Gold Butte National Monument. Despite objections from Mesquite Mayor Allan Litman, his colleagues voted on the resolution which had very little public vetting before yesterday's meeting. (more…)

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Ryan Zinke Forced to Address Trump Administration’s Plans for Nevada’s Newest National Monuments

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke continued his jaunt through Nevada with a stop in Pahrump to announce the release of rural funds that were already appropriated. But when asked about the Trump Administration’s controversial “review” of National Monuments (including Nevada’s two monuments), Zinke was less than clear. So what exactly is in store for Nevada’s national monuments? (more…)

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Public Lands Advocates Greet Ryan Zinke in Tahoe, Urge Trump Administration to Leave National Monuments Alone

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke flew to Northern Nevada today to address a private event for Rule of Law Defense Fund, a right-wing group with ties to Republican Attorneys General. Public lands advocates greeted him as he arrived at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. They also urged him to appear in public and listen to Nevadans who want the Trump Administration to keep Nevada’s National Monuments intact. (more…)