|Bears Ears connects the Navajo Nation to Canyonlands National Park|
Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, told reporters that the United States government had already taken “millions of acres of my people’s land.”
“We have suffered enough,” he said. Protestors stood at the Utah state capitol with signs, saying "Keep your tiny hands off our Monument" Too bad Trump's ego is not as small as his hands. Trump is expected to make the reduction announcement this week when he visits Utah. He is also expected to cut the size of Staircase-Escalante NM by 50%. Trump is not the first president to reduce the size of a monument. President Wilson cut Olympic National Monument, and President Roosevelt reduced the size of Grand Canyon National Monument. Both are now national parks.