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Congressman Pushes New Land Management Plan In The West

Valley of the Gods, in southern Utah, is among the sites considered sacred by Native Americans. (John Fowler/Flickr)

Valley of the Gods, in southern Utah, is among the sites considered sacred by Native Americans. (John Fowler/Flickr)

President Obama has created or expanded more national monuments than any other American president, and he wants to add to that with the creation of the 2-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. That land contains thousands of archaeological sites and is sacred to Native Americans.

Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah says the federal government can’t manage the land it already owns, so it shouldn’t manage any additional land. Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd speaks with him about his plan, which he says would better manage public land.

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Bears Ears was not yet under the purview the federal government. We regret the error.

Guest

  • Rob Bishop, Republican U.S. congressman, representing Utah’s 1st congressional district since 2003.

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