Thursday, January 26, 2017

President Obama Designated Bear Ears and Gold Butte National Monuments

Bears Ears National Monument.
Image Courtesy of Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.

December 28, 2016
Native News Online reported that Ex-President "Obama designated two new national monuments, protecting sacred sites, spectacular scenery, and important natural and cultural resources in the desert landscapes of southeastern Utah and southern Nevada". These two monuments are Bears Ears National Monument and Gold Butte National Monument.

The Bears Ears National Monument is located in Utah and
"gets its name from the iconic Bears Ears Buttes, two distinctive
geological formations in the center of lands that are considered
sacred by tribes in the region."

The Gold Butte National Monument is "located in Clark County, 
Nevada just northeast of the outskirts of Las Vegas." It "includes
abundant rock art, archeological artifacts, and rare fossils, including 
recently discovered dinosaur tracks dating back hundreds of 
millions of years." It also "provides protections for important Native 
American historical sites, as well as areas that are currently used 
for traditional purposes by tribes."

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