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Navajo Leaders Promise Legal Action For Reduction Of Bears Ears Monument

Navajo Nation officials have confirmed they plan to seek legal action against President Donald Trump’s administration over the decision to downsize the Bears Ears National Monument. The land is considered sacred by many tribal members in the region.

The 1.3 million acres of land in Utah was designated a national monument less than a year ago by the Obama administration.

Navajo leaders say they plan to join four other tribes when filing the lawsuit. Multiple environmental groups and private companies are also promising to sue.

In a statement from the Navajo Nation Council, Delegate Davis Filfred said President Trump did not seek input from the Navajo Nation or other surrounding tribes on the decision, adding it “disrespects Native Americans across the country by acting against the Antiquities Act.”

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.