Bears Ears

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A draft memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to President Trump on national monuments is drawing scrutiny from political leaders after it surfaced Monday.

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Could Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah be reduced from 1.35 million to 160,000 acres?

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is speaking out against an expected recommendation by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to shrink the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.

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Few public details have emerged from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s review on national monuments released Thursday, though most of the results on local monuments have already been released. In May, the Secretary announced his recommendation to adjust the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeast Utah, but so far no concrete plans have emerged.  In June, the secretary said no changes will be made to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Cortez.  

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On Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended shrinking the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument, and called on Congress to replace land in the monument with National Conservation Area or Wilderness designations. He also recommended that Congress establish “co-management” of the monument with tribes. KSJD's Austin Cope talked with San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally to hear her reactions to his review.

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