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President Trump Shrinks Size Of Utah Monuments

President Trump dramatically shrunk the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments during a visit to Utah on Monday.
Posted at 5:07 PM, Dec 04, 2017

During a visit to Utah, President Trump took action to sharply shrink the size of some federal monuments in the state, including the Bears Ears National Monument.

The current Bears Ears monument is 1.35 million acres; the White House plans to shrink it down to 220,000 acres. Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante monument will be reduced to half its current size. 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke previously recommended shrinking the national monuments after visiting the state.

Shortly after Trump made the announcement, the Navajo Nation and four other Native American tribes announced they would file a lawsuit challenging the action.