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The Trump Administration Is Kicking Off a Gold Rush-Style Grab of Public Lands

Conservationists and tribal leaders decry a "serious attack on indigenous peoples' rights." Despite protests from conservationists, local tribe leaders, Democratic lawmakers, and even the United Nations' expert on indigenous rights, at 6am on Friday the Trump administration will allow citizens and companies to start staking claims on sections of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah so the new stakeholders can conduct hard rock mining on the formerly protected lands.
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