Environews, Minis

Environews: Curtis tries to sabotage Bears Ears

By Amy Brunvand

Utah’s newest member of Congress has already jumped on the anti-public lands bandwagon. In December, John Curtis (R-UT-3, replacing Jason Chaffetz who stepped down in June 2017) sponsored “Shash Jaa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act” in order to formalize Trump’s drastically downsized boundaries and block lawsuits to restore Bears Ears to its original size. “Shash Jaa” is the Navajo language name for the Bears Ears mesas, and the choice of names is seen as an attempt to divide Native American tribes in the five- tribe coalition that advocated for the designation of Bears Ears National Monument.

This article was originally published on January 12, 2018.