Campers destroyed a 19th-century Navajo hogan in Utah by using the structure as firewood. The site is now part of the Bears Ears National Monument. Photo: Bears Ears Coalition
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Navajo Nation plans to sue Trump administration to protect Bears Ears in Utah





The Navajo Nation plans to file a lawsuit to protect the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, Reuters reports.

The Trump administration has not made a decision on the boundaries of the controversial site. But Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch said the tribe doesn't want to see it reduced, as recommended by Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior in a previously secret memo to President Donald Trump.

"We are prepared to challenge immediately whatever official action is taken to modify the monument or restructure any aspect of that, such as the Bears Ears Commission," Branch told Reuters.

The Navajo Nation is part of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a diverse group of tribes that sought protections for the monument. The 1.35 million-acre site is home to ancestral villages, sacred sites, burial grounds and hunting and gathering areas.

Chief Manuelito, one of the most significant leaders of the Navajo Natino, was born near the Bears Ears Buttes in 1818. He went on to sign the historic 1868 treaty with the United States after his people were forced to march hundreds of miles to a military fort in neighboring New Mexico.

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Navajo Tribe Says Ready to Sue Trump Over Changes to Utah Monument (Reuters September 21, 2017)

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