Monuments

Trump’s message for tribes: Let them eat yellowcake
Trump’s message for tribes: Let them eat yellowcake
The president’s Bears Ears decision has toxic implications.
Indian Country News: A monumental blow to tribes
Indian Country News: A monumental blow to tribes
Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears reopens wounds that Obama sought to heal.
What national monument protections do
What national monument protections do
Some say the Bears Ears shrinkage won’t change anything — they’re wrong.
In the final days, our POC-in-chief delivers
In the final days, our POC-in-chief delivers
Obama’s monument designations set a blueprint for diversity and inclusion in federal public lands.
For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
Obama created national monuments at Bears Ears and Gold Butte, sites with huge significance to Native Americans.
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
The staff of High Country News discuss the 44th president’s impact on the West’s land, energy and the environment.
Bears Ears a go — but here’s where Obama drew the line
Bears Ears a go — but here’s where Obama drew the line
The designation’s concessions are unlikely to appease ardent opponents.
A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
While consensus supporting a designation grew, many Utah politicians argued that the president’s action is an abuse of power.
Looking back on Obama
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Under the 44th president, the West re-examined its relationship to energy and the climate.
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Bears Ears isn’t the only local effort to get Obama to designate protections before he leaves office.
The fight for Bears Ears, on the road
The fight for Bears Ears, on the road
Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Ute Mountain Ute member, takes the monument debate to Washington.
The bid for Bears Ears
The bid for Bears Ears
The tribal push for a Bears Ears monument raises thorny questions of homeland and sovereignty.
A look at Gold Butte, Nevada, two years after the Bundy standoff
A look at Gold Butte, Nevada, two years after the Bundy standoff
Surveyors found illegal cattle grazing, defaced petroglyphs and ditch-digging.
Should this national monument become a national park?
Should this national monument become a national park?
An Idaho town hopes changing Craters of the Moon to park status will boost its economy.
A timeline of the Antiquities Act
A timeline of the Antiquities Act
The presidential power tool for land conservation since Teddy Roosevelt.
John Podesta: Legacy maker
John Podesta: Legacy maker
This Washington insider’s ‘hidden hand’ has guided the environmental achievements of presidents for two decades.
After 11 years, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reopens
After 11 years, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reopens
Increased border security means that all 517 square miles are again open to the public.
Con: Colorado National Monument should not become a national park
Con: Colorado National Monument should not become a national park
Grand Junction and a national park are incompatible
Hispanic leaders spearheaded the Río Grande del Norte National Monument
Hispanic leaders spearheaded the Río Grande del Norte National Monument
In New Mexico, the open and inclusive campaign for a 240,000-acre monument sidestepped the usual controversy drummed up by such designations.
Secret getaways of the National Landscape Conservation System
Secret getaways of the National Landscape Conservation System
A desert hiker finds a lot to like in little-known Bureau of Land Management gems.
Change comes slowly to Escalante country
Change comes slowly to Escalante country
Just as it seemed the local communities were starting to accept the BLM’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the rise of conservative national politics has helped to revive old grudges and stir up opposition
California monument welcomes cattle
Environmentalists, ranchers and land managers are arguing over the future of cattle grazing on the newly designated Carrizo Plain National monument in California, where the BLM has long relied on cattle to help control weeds.