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Protect Native American Values & National Monuments Robert Bracamontes Black Crow #DefendOurMonuments #MonumentsforAll #BearsEars

Dear Secretaries Zinke and Ross:

We support national monuments with distinct historic and cultural value to Native Americans, and oppose review by this administration under Executive Order 13792 and related actions. The U.S. Department of the Interior has identified 27 monuments that could be scaled back or even eliminated. Secretary Zinke issued an interim report recommending that Bears Ears monument in Utah be reduced. The Department of Commerce is reviewing marine monuments. We stand with our Native American and indigenous sisters and brothers to defend Native American rights, the earth and her people, these monuments, and the Antiquities Act. We oppose any attempt to eliminate or shrink monuments.

We submit the attached public comments on behalf of The City Project, a civil rights and environmental justice non-profit team, and Robert Bracamontes, Bob Black Crow, Yu-va’-tal ‘A’lla-mal (Black Crow), Acjachemen Nation, Juaneno Tribe. We have worked together to help protect national monuments with distinct historic and cultural value to Native American and indigenous people, Standing Rock in Utah, and the Acjachemen sacred site of Panhe and San Onofre State Beach in Southern California.

Any attempt to take tribal, federal, state, and county lands and waters and sacred landscapes reflects the history and pattern of discrimination against Native Americans from the time of contact in 1492. Recent academic studies document this history and pattern of discrimination. See, for example, Benjamin Madley, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846–1873 (2016); Peter Cozzens, The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West (2016); David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I. (2016). See generally N. Bruce Duthu, American Indians and the Law (2008). This administration must protect against all forms of discrimination against Native Americans under equal justice, environmental justice, and Native American laws and principles.

We stand with our Native American and indigenous sisters and brothers to defend Native American rights, the earth and her people, these monuments, and the Antiquities Act. We oppose any attempt to eliminate or shrink monuments and to undermine the Antiquities Act, the rule of law, and democratic governance by the people.

We incorporate by reference the public comments by Next 100 Coalition, GreenLatinos, and International Mayan League.

Robert Bracamontes
Bob Black Crow, Yu-va’-tal ‘A’lla-mal
Acjachemen Nation, Juaneno Tribe

Robert García
Director-Counsel
The City Project

Photo Courtesy Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition