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Bears Ears National Monument sought to protect areas like this dwelling on Western Cedar Mesa Canyon (above) and rock art at Fish Creek (below) protected in the monument area prior to President Donald Trump's decision to downsize the monument Dec. 4. Many of these areas have cultural importance to Native American tribes. Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon Trust, Jonathan Bailey

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Bears Ears monument downsized, tribes file lawsuit

Navajo Nation, Hopi and other Native tribes challenge Trump's decision to downsize Bears Ears National Monument; file lawsuit

On Dec. 4, the Navajo Nation joined the Hopi Tribe, Zuni Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe and filed a legal challenge against the Trump administration for its actions revoking and replacing the Bears Ears National Monument.