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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

SALT LAKE 'Stand UP! Fight Back!' Protesters Block Street, Scream Obscenities at Trump


SALT LAKE 'Stand UP! Fight Back!' Protesters Block Street, Scream Obscenities at TrumpThis is what revolution looks like, the people take to the streets, block the street, as Trump guts Bears End for miningNews video by ABC News 4 Salt LakeArticle and screenshots by Brenda Norrell, Censored NewsSALT LAKE -- Protesters blocked a street and yelled, "Stand UP! Fight Back," and "What does democracy look like? This is what democracy looks like," as Trump gutted Bears End for mining and destruction.A powerful new video by ABC News, adds "Discretion advised sound and video may be offensive."Protesters fill the streets of Salt LakeProtesters fill the streets of Salt Lake

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Defending Bears Ears -- Utah Dineh Mark Maryboy suggests to BBC that Trump is mentally ill

Dineh Utah Mark Maryboy suggests to BBC that Trump is mentally ill
By Brenda Norrell
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Dineh Utah Mark Maryboy, former Navajo Nation Councilman and San Juan County Commissioner, suggested President Trump is mentally ill, during an interview with the global news media BBC.
Maryboy's comments came as Indian Nations filed multiple lawsuits to protect Bears End this week and potesters filled the streets in Salt Lake. They blocked streets, and screamed obscenities at Trump, telling him to go home, as Trump gutted Bears End for the purpose of mining and destruction.
Maryboy told BBC that since the Mormons first arrived on Dineh lands, there has been destruction.
"Since the day they came it's been destruction, destruction, looting, looting, looting."

Mr Maryboy is scornful of Mr Trump, suggesting he is mentally ill.
"This is a struggle since the day the white people came here," he adds.
Several organisations have joined the Native American tribes in fighting against the decision to scale back the national monuments. And thousands gathered in Salt Lake City this weekend to voice their opposition to any attempt to change the designation of the parks.

Read more: Bears Ears: Inside the fight for Utah's contested national monuments

By James Cook, BBC News, Bears Ears, Utah

About Mark Maryboy
Mark Maryboy (born December 10, 1955) was an American politician for San Juan County, Utah, and a former Navajo Nation Council Delegate for the Utah Navajo Section of the Navajo Tribe. He is the brother of Kenneth Maryboy who currently serves in the positions he once stood. Mark is of the Navajo Indian Tribe.
Mark Maryboy was also the San Juan County, Utah Commissioner for District Three who saw to the needs of the county's residents and the Utah Navajo Element. He made history when he was elected in 1986 as the first Native American county commissioner in Utah's history.

Hopi, Zuni and Utes File Lawsuit to Protect Bears Ears



By NARF, Censored News
President Trump’s action to revoke and replace the Bears Ears National Monument is not only an attack on the five sovereign nations with deep ties to the Bears Ears region, it is a complete violation of the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. No president has ever revoked and replaced a national monument before because it is not legal to do so. Only Congress may alter a monument. In light of this blatant violation of law, the Native American Rights Fund, representing the Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe filed a lawsuit today to protect Bears Ears. (Download the complaint filed December 4, 2017.)
Five tribes—Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pueblo of Zuni, Ute Indian Tribe, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe—led the effort to establish the Bears Ears National Monument, an area still used for cultural and religious purposes. Increased looting of the estimated 100,000 plus structures, sites, and objects within every reach of the monument dictated the need for protections in the form of a monument designation.
According to NARF Staff Attorney Matthew Campbell, “Bears Ears is one of the most important places for Indian Country, and that is why Indian Country came together to advocate for this important place. Trump’s attack on Bears Ears is an attack on all of us, and we will fight to protect it.”
NARF Staff Attorney Natalie Landreth said “The Administration is not telling the truth. The Bears Ears monument as created by President Obama preserved hunting, fishing, gathering and grazing rights, and protected these incredible lands from widespread looting and oil, gas and mineral development.” No matter what the President said today, his action does the opposite: by its own terms, in 60 days the revoked lands are open to “entry, location, selection, sale” and “disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing” and “location, entry and patent under mining laws.” Landreth continued, “this is taking public lands that belong to the American people and selling to the highest bidder, there is just no other way to understand it.”
This latest action follows on the heels of the Administration’s other actions against Tribes: (1) issuing the permit to the Dakota Access Pipeline, (2) issuing the permit to the Keystone XL, and (3) revoking the Executive Order to protect the Bering Sea on April 28th. Tribes vigorously opposed all of these efforts. The Administration uses the term “tribal sovereignty” but clearly does not understand what that means.

Fort Duchesne Ute Nation's Statement on Trump's Disrespect for Tribes, Bears Ears

Bears Ears
Ute Indian Tribe Statement on Trump's Disrespect for Tribes, Bears Ea


By Fort Duchesne Ute Nation
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FORT DUCHESNE, Utah -- (December 4, 2017) The Ute Indian Tribe is deeply offended by President Trump’s announcement today that he plans to significantly shrink the Bears Ears National Monument.  His action will effectively revoke the Monument and threaten the Tribe’s cultural and historical resources that were protected by the designation of the Monument.  Along with the 4 other tribes who came together to advocate for establishment of the Monument, the Ute Indian Tribe will be filing a lawsuit against President Trump, Secretary Zinke, and others in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia to hold them accountable for their actions in this matter that serve as an affront to the sovereignty of the Ute Indian Tribe and all Tribes in the United States.

The President’s actions are even more appalling in that they were taken without even visiting the Monument or consulting with the tribes whose sacred and cultural sites the Monument was created to protect.  Instead the President is relying on Secretary Zinke’s brief review that seeks to diminish the position of Tribe’s in favor of special interest groups.  The proposal to shrink the Monument will leave hundreds of thousands of antiquities, archeological sites and cultural resources unprotected and eviscerate the years of collaborative work that was undertaken by the members of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition to establish a monument that recognizes the unique cultural and spiritual contributions that Native peoples have made to the history of this great Nation.  

The President’s action will upend almost a decade of collaborative work by local tribal members and the five tribes.  “The President promised to drain the swamp,” said Luke Duncan Chairman of the Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee, “but with this unilateral action at the request of a few powerful Utah politicians the swamp is only getting deeper.”  Chairman Duncan continued, “We refuse to become the forgotten people of this land and the President should recognize and respect our voice in this matter as the first Utahns.”

The President’s action to appease Utah politicians comes at a crucial time for Congressional approval of the President’s tax cuts and appears to be nothing more than a duplicitous effort to ensure that Senator Orrin Hatch’s objective of eliminating the Monument is fulfilled so that the President can secure support from Senator Hatch for the President’s tax reform initiative.  The success of the President’s tax reform initiative hinges upon Senator Hatch’s support given his position as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.  Despite promises to work on behalf of Tribal Nations, the President is acting on behalf of wealthy special interest groups to advance their interest regardless of the impact on tribal history and culture.

The President’s action threatens the priceless resources of Bears Ears.  “The Monument isn’t just about a few isolated artifacts.  The Monument is a living part of our culture as well as the history and culture of the United States.  Our cultures are still here and still thriving,” said Shaun Chapoose, member of the Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee. “The Bears Ears region is a cultural landscape – a place to nurture our families in our traditions. It’s a sad state of affairs when the President of this great Nation shows manifest disregard for our history and culture as a people, but we are prepared to fight for our rights, and to protect Bears Ears.”

The Ute Indian Tribe maintains that the Antiquities Act does not give a President the authority to revoke or shrink an established National Monument.  It is the position of Ute Indian Tribe that President Trump’s plan to shrink Bears Ears constitutes an unlawful revocation of a National Monument and his actions in this matter should be universally condemned by all indigenous peoples of the world and those that support indigenous peoples rights.  The President’s action in this matter violates the Antiquities Act and is being carried out without legal authority.  The action also runs afoul of the Federal government’s trust responsibility and government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes.  The Ute Indian Tribe will be filing a lawsuit challenging the President’s action with the other Bears Ears tribes as soon as the action is executed.

About the Ute Indian Tribe-The Ute Indian Tribe resides on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in northeastern Utah. Three bands of Utes comprise the Ute Indian Tribe: the Whiteriver Band, the Uncompahgre Band and the Uintah Band. The Tribe has a membership of more than three thousand individuals, with over half living on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. The Ute Indian Tribe operates its own tribal government and oversees approximately 1.3 million acres of trust land which contains significant oil and gas deposits.  The Tribal Business Committee is the governing council of the Tribe.  

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