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>> Republicans fuming as President Obama designates huge swaths of federal land as national monuments in Utah and Nevada. Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee railing that quote, this arrogant act by a lame duck President will not stand. This week Obama, like he has many times before, used the 1906 Antiquities Act, to protect over a million acres at Bears Ears in Utah and 300,000 acres at Gold Butte outside Las Vegas.
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The designation protects two areas rich in Native American artifacts from mining, oil, and gas drilling, in one of his final moves to protect the environment. A move which will be difficult President-elect Donald Trump to reverse, but could lead to a legal dispute in Congress. Meanwhile, a coalition of five Native American tribes in the region praised the decision.
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The land in Nevada, also famously the site of a dispute with Cliven Bundy, who illegally grazed his cattle herd on public lands for decades. A dispute which came to symbolize opposition to federal management of public lands in the American west. You might recall his son, Ammon, later led an armed standoff at a wildlife refuge in Oregon which ended in the group's acquittal.
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In a statement, the White House says President Obama has protected more land and water than any administration in history.