Michelle Luján Grisham Wants to Protect ANTIQUITIES
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) on Tuesday led 61 Democratic House colleagues in introducing a bill that they say would enhance protections for national monuments against the Trump administration’s attacks on public lands. The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2018 is the House companion to the bill introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) in February, and would preserve opportunities for hunting, tourism, scientific research, conservation, and cultural uses in national monuments. Specifically, the bill officially declares Congress’ support for the 51 national monuments established by presidents in both parties between January 1996 and April 2017 and enhances protections for the presidentially designated national monuments. “Nationwide, these precious public lands help fuel an $887 billion outdoor recreation industry, which sustain millions of jobs and billions of dollars in federal, state, and local tax revenue. Our national monuments here in New Mexico, including the Rio Grande del Norte and the Organ Mountains, contain sacred tribal areas … They are natural museums of our state’s cultural heritage that pump millions of dollars into our local and state economy,” said Luján Grisham. The bill has support from the Native American community, including the five Bears Ears Coalition Tribes (Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni). More here.