Battle Over Bears Ears Heats Up as Trump Rethinks Its Monument Status

President Barack Obama established the Bears Ears National Monument in the final days of his presidency, using the Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt, to place special protections on a vast swath of winding canyons and shifting sands imbued with at least 10,000 years of human history. In terms of protection, national monuments are generally considered one step below national parks.

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