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Trump’s Dismemberment of Bears Ears: Perspective From Indigenous Students

Picture by Bob Wick, BLM

President Trump’s go to to Salt Lake Metropolis to signal two orders slashing the dimensions of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante nationwide monuments additionally included a gathering with Mormon non secular leaders who shared “Church doctrine” with the president earlier than he signed the controversial proclamations.

Trump’s unprecedented, two-million-acre lower in public land safety was spurred by Mormon political leaders, together with Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, and supported by the whole Utah congressional delegation, Utah governor and Utah legislature.

It stays unknown what was mentioned when Trump met with the highest leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the closed assembly.

But when Trump had additionally chosen to sit down down with consultants akin to Thomas Murphy and Angelo Baca, two students of American Indian descent who have been raised Mormon, he certainly would have heard a unique perspective on Mormon doctrine from the one supplied by church leaders.

Trump would have heard how latent racism, a historical past of grave theft starting with LDS founder Joseph Smith, disrespect of tribal sovereignty and a perception in divine proper to the land are on the coronary heart Utah’s relentless drive to grab management of federal public lands, significantly Bears Ears.

LINK (through: The Revelator)

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