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Conservation Groups Sue Trump for Illegally Slashing Bears Ears National Monument

WASHINGTON— Three days after President Donald Trump issued a proclamation taking an ax to Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, conservation organizations filed a lawsuit attacking the order as an abuse of the president’s power.

Following in the footsteps of the American Indian tribes who have already sued the president, Earthjustice is representing nine conservation organizations in a suit charging that the president violated the 1906 Antiquities Act and the U.S. Constitution by eviscerating the monument.

The unprecedented action leaves rare archaeological sites and stunning wildlands without protection from looting, prospecting, oil and gas drilling, uranium mining or off-road vehicle damage. Bears Ears was decimated by more than 1 million acres.

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