For Immediate Release
May 16, 2016
House Majority Communications Coordinator
Utah House of Representatives
Navajo Tribal Members, Rep. Stratton and Members of the Legislature to Hold Press Conference
Opposing Designation of Bears Ears National Monument
SALT LAKE CITY – Representatives Keven Stratton and Mike Noel, Navajo Tribal members and other members of the Legislature will hold a joint press conference at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the State Capitol to voice support for the Concurrent Resolution, Opposing Unilateral Use of the Antiquities Act.
Utah currently has seven national monuments and five national parks, and a monument designation of the Bear Ears area would nearly double the two million acres already established for national monuments in Utah. After hearing from outside environmental organizations, now it is time to hear from those who live in the area.
“Utah shouldn’t have another national monument, unilaterally created and without legislative approval or local input from those who will be most affected by this decision,” said Rep. Keven Stratton. “Utah already has seven national monuments and five national parks and the creation of yet another monument could exacerbate the lack of economic development and opportunity that already exists in one of Utah’s most economically distressed regions.”
Rep. Keven Stratton, Co-Chair of the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands
Rep. Mike Noel, Rules Chair
Sen. David Hinkins, Co-Chair of the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands
Members of the Navajo Nation
Chester Johnson – Aneth Chapter
Marie Holiday – Oljato & Navajo Mtn Com
Gilbert Benn – Ka’yelli Descendant
Lewis Singer – Blue Mountain Dine’
Susie Philemon – McCracken Mesa
Press conference to support for the Concurrent Resolution, Opposing Unilateral Use of the Antiquities Act
South Steps – Utah State Capitol – (Weather permitting if it is raining press conference will be moved to the Presentation Room, Visitors Center, 1st floor, East side of the Capitol Building)
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 3 p.m. Representatives and members of the Navajo Tribe will be available for interviews immediately following the press conference.