|Sports hunters used their connection to fellow hunter Donald Trump, Jr., to lobby for the opening for more of|
Bears Ears to hunters. Photo from Interior e-mails.
Interior E-mails Reveal Interior Shrinking of Bears Ears was for Oil, Uranium and Sports Hunters
Interior has land auction scheduled for Bears Ears area land on March 20, 2018, unless it is halted
Article by Brenda Norrell
The New York Times reports that oil was the reason for the shrinking of Bears Ears. The article also reveals Interior meetings with a uranium company, Energy Fuels Resources, concerning uranium at Bears Ears.
The 20,000 Interior e-mails also reveal the interest in available coal at Grand Staircase Escalante and natural gas at the Canyon of the Ancients.
Further, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke planned a private dinner with the head of a sportsmen group, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, a connection made possible by Donald Trump, Jr., who went hunting with the head of the sportsmen's group in Utah.
Sportsmen were lobbying the Interior for hunts of the free roaming bison, elk, big horn sheep, cougar, black bear, and more, in the Bears Ears area.
The e-mails also reveal the sarcastic attitude of the head of the Bureau of Reclamation toward Native Americans, as shown below, one of 20,000 e-mails which the New York Times gained access to.
The statements from Native American Nations opposing the shrinkage of Bears Ears and destruction are included in these e-mails.
One e-mail points out how little Zinke knows about Indian Tribes, after Zinke suggested Tribes become corporations.
The e-mails also show motorcyclists contacting the Interior, eager to gain access to back trails.
(Below) Interior Sec. Zinke posted this photo during his visit to Bears Ears, as the Interior prepared to open more areas for exploiters. Hunters contacted Zinke after hunting with Donald Trump Jr, according to e-mails. The Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife continued to support Zinke in November, when Zinke promoted big game hunts in this news release.
New York Times -- Oil was central in decision to shrink Bears Ears, internal e-mails show
Alan Mikkelsen is the Bureau of Reclamation's Deputy Commissioner.
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Shrinking Bears Ears National Monument: Inside the Interior Department Decision
The New York Times filed a Freedom of Information Act request for copies of documents related to the decision by the Trump administration's Department of Interior to shrink two National Monuments, a special category of federal lands intended to protect them from development. The Times received 25,000 pages of documents, but only after it filed a lawsuit in federal court. Here are a few of the key ones.
Objections from Utah Delegation Even Before Bears Ears Created
Utah State Board of Education Objected Too, Citing Mineral Rights
Indian Tribe Supported Creating Bears Ears
An Early Look by Trump Era Interior: Metals and Fossil Fuels at Bears Ears
Interior Notices Patagonia/Google videos re Bears Ears
Intervention by Sen Orrin Hatch's Office
Hatch's Office: This New Boundry Would Exclude "All Known Minerals Conflicts"
One of Many Efforts by Outdoor Industry to Intervene
Minerals Review at Bears Ears, Examined Again
Indian Tribes Call for Bears Ears to be Left as Is
Hunting Group Intervenes Too, With Photos of Kills
Interior Department Official Criticizes Indian Tribes
Formal Review of National Monuments Begins
Zinke Travels to Utah, Discusses Concerns with State Officials
Zinke Schedule to Visit Bears Ears
More Questions about Mines and Impact of National Monuments
Staff Report on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Coal Potential at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Staff Report on Bears Ears
Current and Former National Park Service Employees Voice Their Opinion p.138
White House Decides to Keep Interior Memo Justifying Move to Shrink Monuments Private
"To be remembered" National Wildlife Federation
Natural Gas Production at Canyons of the Ancients
FYI to Interior Bosses: Outside Magazine on National Monuments Debate
Energy Fuels Resources Meeting Details
Indian Tribes Repeat Support for Maintaining Monument
Motorcyclists Welcome Access to More Federal Lands