Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Chaffetz meets with President Trump, talks Bears Ears

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz got a rare invite to the oval office to meet with President Donald Trump Tuesday. “I got thirty minutes with the president and I lead with Bears Ears,” said Chaffetz. Instead, Chaffetz said, he took the opportunity to ask the President to repeal the Bears Ears National Monument designation. “I can’t state his final position but I think he was very sympathetic to how devastating this must have been to people down in southern Utah,” said Chaffetz. “Totally unfair, thirty minutes is a long time to spend with a very important person,” said Woody Lee, a consultant for Dine Bikeyah, an advocacy group representing several native tribes pushing to keep the national monument designation. Congressman Chaffetz is quick to point out, not a single elected leader in Utah supported the monument designation. But Dine Bikeyah says that ignores a key group: leaders of the tribes. "I encourage President Trump to come down and meet with the tribe. Directly talk with them,” said Willie Gray Eyes, Chairman for Dine Bikeyah...more

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