A major Native American site is being looted. Will Obama risk armed conflict to save it?

by Juliet Eilperin  |  published on June 6, 2016

For centuries, humans have used the red sandstone canyons here as a way to mark their existence.

First came archaic hunter-gatherers who worked in Glen Canyon Linear, a crude geometrical style dating back more than 3,500 years. Then about 2,000 years later, early ancestral Pueblo farmers of the Basketmaker period used more subtle lines to produce a man in headdress. A little more than 700 years ago came their descendants, who used the same kind of hard river stone to make drawings of bighorn sheep and a flute player in the ancient rock.

Now, President Obama is weighing whether and how he can leave his own permanent imprint on history by designating about 2 million acres of land, known as the Bears Ears, as a national monument.

And despite the uniformly acknowledged historical significance of the area, some people regard the conservation efforts by the White House as classic federal overreach. In the current-era conflict between Washington and rural Westerners, the idea of a Bears Ears national monument has produced warnings of a possible armed insurrection.

  • Ramon1710 .

    Leave the land alone, but give Barry his icon. Put a giant toilet statue up in Bears Ears as a reflective tribute to him, and leave it at that.

    • reggie

      You’re too kind, how about an outhouse with 100 years of piled u no wat in it.

  • onefour

    Other presidents have sold land to other countries to satisfy debts and its got to stop.

  • Rodney Steward

    The Gov. continues to take more and more land, maybe it’s to more confine the populous for control, or to sale off to other countries as payment! Obama NEVE does anything for the good of our country, PERIOD!

    • SDofAZ

      SO TRUE!

    • reggie

      He’s not supposed to. His puppeteer wants him to finish the country off, or if he doesn’t hitlery will.

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