Category: Federal Overreach
And lawfully, the federal government has no more authority than you would, if you owned the land. If there was an alleged criminal act, you would have to file a complaint with Harney County, and it would be dealt with under state law.
Out-of-state interests advocating for unilateral presidential action argue that a monument designation is the only means of protecting the Bears Ears area. But this argument is plainly false.
The federal government is poised to take these lands out of the hands of the Navajos who have depended upon the Bears Ears region for survival for centuries.
Not having such information effectively prevents Congress from exercising its constitutionally mandated oversight of executive branch agencies like EPA.
The Navajos have used this land for generations, picking berries, cutting firewood, gathering herbs, hunting, and performing religious ceremonies. A monument designation will threaten their access to these resources and change their way of life.
McCarthy says, “That’s what… reinventing a global economy looks like.”
Mr. Robertson did not harm the environment, he actually improved it. However, the government did not control these actions, and therefore, seems intent on sending that message.
It signals the state attorney general, and state agencies, that they are not only cleared, but encouraged, to take legal action when Colorado water rights are threatened by federal overreach.
“I think we should look into this,” Noel said, adding that he believes supporters of the Bears Ears National Monument’s creation have been manipulated by groups such as the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Living Rivers and Grand Canyon Trust.
The creation of Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument will kill jobs, prevent mining, retire grazing permits, close roads to OHV users, reduce access for sportsmen, and steal water rights.