What History Tells Us About Obama's Antiquities Act Legacy

By John Freemuth and Mackenzie Case, Boise State University (November 22, 2016, 12:04 PM EST) -- As the end of the Obama administration approaches, there is renewed attention on President Barack Obama's use of the Antiquities Act of 1906. While the act has been used — both by this president and many before him — to protect various types of places (i.e., large natural areas as well as historic sites), controversy is raging over calls for him to take action and designate a national monument in the "Bears Ears" region of eastern Utah.

The Antiquities Act has saved many places in the United States, but at times its use has frustrated and concerned communities nearby those places. Some contend...

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