Trump's Monuments Order Won't Benefit Tribal Economies

Law360, New York (June 7, 2017, 10:09 AM EDT) -- On April 26, 2017, the president signed an executive order requiring the U.S. Department of the Interior secretary to review large national monument designations under the Antiquities Act. The president requested this review “in recognition of the importance of the Nation's wealth of natural resources to American workers and the American economy.” The review period is short — 45 days — and is driven by the premise that national monument designations are harmful to the economy because they “lock up” federal public lands that could be developed for oil and gas, tar sands, coal, uranium and other exploitable natural resources. According...

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