Tribal support for Bears Ears coming from OUTSIDE of Utah!
Obama, using his pen and phone, has hijacked hundreds of millions of acres from states and localities through his despotic and unprecedented abuse of the Antiquities Act. With the original intent of protecting important cultural and historical antiquities for a limited amount of time within a limited geographical area, the Antiquities Act more recently has been the tool of presidents to steal millions upon millions of acres of valuable lands out from under the noses of state and county governments, and countless citizens who depend upon them for sustenance.
With vast regions in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, and other states, already locked up by Obama’s executive orders, or under scrutiny for action in coming months, this president has created 19 new national monuments, taking nearly 270 million acres out of the hands of Americans and placing them under the control of federal bureaucrats.
Practical experience has proven national monuments are often bad for environmental health, and always bad for local economies. Case in point: The Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument, created in 1996 through a secretive executive action of President Bill Clinton, has destroyed local economies within it’s 1.7 million acre area. Where once stood vibrant small towns with entrepreneurs, farmers, ranchers, domestic energy producers, and families seeking opportunity, now stand empty schools, abandoned neighborhoods, busted local budgets, and shuttered store fronts. In an unusual move last year, Garfield County issued a state of economic emergency, warning officials that if industries, jobs and opportunities driven out by national monument designation and Department of Interior rules were not restored, its towns would soon suffer economic implosion.
Utah and Utahans know the pain national monuments bring, and as a result, Obama now has a fight on his hands over nearly 2 million acres in San Juan County, Utah. The proposed Bears Ears National Monument, over which, Obama, radical environmentalist Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, and out-of-state environmentalist special interests, have been salivating for years, may be subject to the executive pen, but there will be nothing secretive about it.
Thanks in large part to new media, the reality that national monuments lock up lands, water rights, and resources and prohibit access and economic activity for the people in communities affected by them, has come to light. So Sally Jewell and her globalist environmental cohorts, hatched a scheme to put regional Native American tribes at the forefront of ‘support’ for a Bears Ears National Monument. In an orchestrated photo op in July, Jewell met with the Bears Ears Inter-tribal Coalition, various environmental groups, and busloads–possibly hundreds, of ‘supporters’ in Bluff, Utah.
The blue t-shirted ‘supporters’ were bussed in by a coalition of the Sierra Club, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and the Wilderness Society.
The reality, however, that Bears Ears is opposed by most Utahans generally, and the vast majority of San Juan County locals, specifically, is starkly different than the optics staged on July 16 by Sally Jewell and her sycophantic followers. A search of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Leaders Directory, shows that of the 26 tribes purportedly in favor of creating a Bears Ears monument, 24 of them make their homes outside the region that would be affected by the land grab.
The two tribe chapters (in red), the Aneth and the San Juan Southern Paiute, whose communities lie closest to the Bears Ears boundaries are OPPOSED to the creation of a national monument. While those saying they support a national monument designation (in blue) make their homes farther away. The closest advocate tribe, the Olajato Chapter, is primarily located in Arizona, and would not be personally or economically impacted to the same degree as the opposing chapters. Other tribal chapters in Utah are located hundreds of miles outside the proposed Bears Ears boundaries.
Proponents of the national monument count the Aneth Chapter among supporting tribes, but in November it made a request that its resolution supporting the Bears Ears proposal be rescinded.
Eight of the twenty tribal chapters included in the initial count of those supporting the Bears Ears Resolution were absent for the vote, which took place in November of 2014.
It appears that those supporting an Obama/Jewell land grab of 2 million acres in Utah, are largely NOT FROM UTAH. Environmentalist groups bussed in ‘astroturfers’ from other states, and, for the most part, supporting tribal chapters are well outside the proposed boundaries of Bears Ears.
Among the locals living in San Juan County, Utah, opposition is overwhelming. On July 27, Senator Mike Lee held a field hearing of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee in Blanding. Approximately 1,000 local citizens showed up in opposition to national monument designation, a majority of whom were from nearby tribal chapters.
Pictures of citizens of San Juan County, who passionately oppose the imposition of an environmentally and economically destructive national monument in their ancestral home, tell quite a different story than the jovial faces of those out-of-state ‘supporters’ in Sally Jewell’s photo op.
Posted by Reagangirl.com
Acknowledgments: Tribal research performed by Jami Bayles