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Normally, presidents seek to burnish their legacy by designating large tracts of land or swaths of the ocean off limits to development, to be preserved for future generations. 

But President Trump is not a typical president. 

On Monday, he traveled to Salt Lake City to sign proclamations that slash two national monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante — by more than 80 percent and 45 percent, respectively. 

Environmental and Native American rights groups are denouncing the actions, which could eventually allow oil and gas drilling, as well as coal mining, off-road vehicles, and hunting, to occur on former Native American burial sites and other sacred grounds.  Read more…

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