Five lawsuits have been filed so far to challenge President Trump’s attempted downsizing of two national monuments in Utah.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that three involve Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County and two concern Grand Staircase-Escalante in Kane and Garfield counties. On December 4th, Trump issued proclamations reducing Bears Ears by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase by about half. Five American Indian tribes have filed suit over the Bears Ears action, saying the president doesn’t have the authority to downsize monuments. A coalition of nonprofits has also sued over potential damage to resources in Bears Ears, and a dozen conservation groups have filed a separate challenge. Two different coalitions have also filed separate lawsuits over the changes to Grand Staircase.