Monday, June 13, 2016

Threats of violence, fake land grabs proliferate in Utah

One flier advertises an open hunting season on southeast Utah backpackers, with no harvest limits and all weapons permitted. Another carries a fake news release from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: The federal government plans to seize more than 4 million acres of the Navajo Nation's land. A third flier advertises a July 17 party in Blanding, Utah, to celebrate President Obama's designation of a Bears Ears National Monument that would supposedly happen that day. But Utah Navajos aren't invited, the flier states. They can kiss access to their sacred lands goodbye. "Utah Navajos, stay away from our party," it reads. "Everyone else come and celebrate with us." The postings discovered in the past month at trailheads, campgrounds, a post office and gas stations in San Juan County show that the debate surrounding the proposed 1.9-million-acre national monument is getting nasty. It's not clear who posted them and whether they come from the same person or different authors...more`

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