Breaking: Is Rob Bishop hiding something?

House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop yesterday couldn't rule out the possibility that the committee's Republican staff have secretly worked with the Trump transition team to craft forthcoming executive orders.

"I don't know what people have actually signed and what they haven't," the Utah Republican said when asked by E&E News about any nondisclosure agreements his staffers may have entered into with the Trump team.

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Official Statement of the Ute Indian Tribe on Bear Ears Monument Designation

Today, the Ute Indian Tribe’s Business Committee celebrates the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument as an important step forward in the protection of shared cultural heritage and Tribal sovereignty.

“President Obama has demonstrated today that our Native American heritage cannot be ignored. This national monument is the right solution at the right time, and we are pleased that the President has taken this step to ensure Bears Ears will remain in as pristine a condition as possible for generations to come,” said Shaun Chapoose, Chairman of the Ute Business Committee.

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PLI Dies in 114th Congress!

On December 9, 2016 the 114th Congress adjourned for the rest of the year and did not pass Congressman Bishop's and Congressman Chaffetz’s Utah Public Lands Initiative.  The bill is now dead.  If Congressman Bishop wants to continue to push his Utah Public Lands Initiative and its taking of the Ute Indian Tribe’s Reservation lands, he will have to reintroduce the bill in the next Congress which begins in January 2017.


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Ute Tribe Continues Battle Against 'Modern Day Indian Land Grab'

The Ute Tribe continues to garner support for efforts to stop a "modern day Indian land grab" from moving forward.

Chairman Shaun Chapoose is in Washington, D.C., this week, meeting with top Obama administration officials and fellow tribal leaders as the high-stakes battle rages. His target is H.R.5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, a controversial bill that transfers 100,000 acres from his people's reservation to the state of Utah.

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Bishop Approves First Indian Land Theft in 100 Years Denying Existence of Federal Law

On September 22, 2016, Congressman Rob Bishop got approval of H.R. 5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative, on a party-line vote by his Natural Resources Committee. The bill would steal more than 100,000 acres of the Ute Indian Tribe's Reservation lands for the State of Utah and impact the Tribe's sovereignty, jurisdiction and water rights across another 300,000 acres. The Congressman rushed his bill through Committee in record time - one week. 

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Chairman Bishop's Public Lands Initiative an Affront to Tribal Sovereignty

Today's House markup of H.R. 5780, Representative Rob Bishop's (R, UT) Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) represents yet another chapter in the long and sordid history of this disastrous bill. While the addition of a Bears Ears Commission that would elevate tribal voices is a positive change, the foundation and framework remain problematic in innumerable ways. The PLI is a step back to the nineteenth century, affronting the sovereignty of the Ute Tribe of Utah.

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