Patagonia: 'The President Stole Your Land'

Company is suing to save Utah national monuments
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2017 4:07 AM CST
Updated Dec 5, 2017 6:41 AM CST
Patagonia Plans to Sue to Protect Utah National Monuments
President Trump is surrounded by Utah representatives at the Utah Capitol on Monday after signing two presidential proclamations to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.   (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

"The President Stole Your Land," outdoor apparel firm Patagonia declared in a message on its website Monday, hours after President Trump confirmed the shrinking of two national monuments in Utah by around 2 million acres. Patagonia says it plans to sue the Trump administration to halt what it says is an "illegal move" that will cause the "largest elimination of protected land in American history," Fortune reports. Patagonia is joining environmental and Native American groups challenging Trump's shrinking of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, which he called the result of "overreach" by the Obama and Clinton administrations. The two massive monuments will be downsized into five smaller ones, with the protected Bears Ears land shrunk by 85%.

"Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump administration's unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments," Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement to Ad Age. "We've fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we'll continue that fight in the courts." Legal challenges to the move will focus on whether the president has the right to reverse his predecessors' creations under the Antiquities Act. Hours after Trump signed the proclamations in Salt Lake City, the Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain, Hopi, Zuni, and Pueblo tribes filed what they said was a historic federal lawsuit against Trump's "slap in the face," KUTV reports. (A Utah state lawmaker described opponents as "bunny lovers" and "rock lickers.")

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