Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Last week President Joe Biden hosted a signing ceremony at the White House restoring protections to hundreds of thousands of acres in Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. It was a hugely important moment for several Southwestern tribes who’ve long advocated for the reversal of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 order to slash the monument’s size by 85%. Hopi Vice Chairman Clark Tenakhongva was one of several tribal leaders to join President Biden for the signing, and spoke about its significance with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius.


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Tribal leaders are applauding President Joe Biden’s restoration of Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. The area has deep ancestral and cultural connections to several Native cultures in the Southwest. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has made her recommendation about whether to reverse President Donald Trump’s decision to downsize two sprawling national monuments in Utah. 

  

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U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland toured two national monuments last week in southern Utah. The Biden-Harris administration is considering restoring their previous boundaries after they were drastically shrunk under the Trump administration. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is visiting Utah today before submitting a review on the national monuments in the state.

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Navajo Nation leaders are calling for the full restoration of Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. The Trump administration drastically cut its size three years ago, but tribes hope the Biden-Harris administration will reverse the order. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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The federal government has unveiled final management plans for two national monuments in Utah that President Donald Trump downsized more than two years ago that ensure lands previously off-limits to energy development will be open to mining and drilling despite pending lawsuits.

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There's a buzz in the air in southern Utah these days. A recent study shows incredible diversity among the bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante. Some 660 different species have been identified in this national monument—almost as many as all the bee species east of the Mississippi River!


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When President Trump shrank the size of two national monuments in Utah, it left many hundreds of scientifically valuable fossil sites outside the new boundaries. Paleontologists are worried about their fate. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.


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At least five tribes including the Hopi and Navajo are among more than a dozen groups suing President Trump over his decision to reduce the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah. KNAU’s Justin Regan reports, the legal argument is over whether or not the president has the authority to shrink a monument. 


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