The Salt Lake Tribune nailed it. "[Tribes] were minimized", shunned.
"The tribes brought their desires to Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, arguably the most powerful person in Congress on public lands. He sent them away and fashioned his own plan — the Public Lands Initiative — that has gone nowhere in Congress.
Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz yesterday continued his campaign to rescind the new Bears Ears National Monument in a one-on-one meeting with President Trump.
And Chaffetz said the new commander in chief is "very sympathetic" about concerns over the 1.35-million-acre site designated late last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the next few weeks Congressman Rob Bishop will attempt to push through the U.S. House of Representatives the first Indian land grab in over 100 years. H.R. 5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative, proposes to rollback federal policy to the late 1800's when Indian lands and resources were taken for the benefit of others.