Press Releases

LCV Statement on the 111th anniversary of the Antiquities Act

Jun 8, 2017

Ariana Valderrama,, 202-454-4554

WASHINGTON DC-LCV President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement on the June 8th anniversary of the Antiquities Act, just days before Secretary Zinke is due to make recommendations to President Trump on the fate of the Bears Ears National Monument and in the midst of an unprecedented review of all national monuments designated by presidents since 1996:

“On a day when we should be celebrating the anniversary of the law used to protect places like the Grand Canyon, Zion, and the Statue of Liberty, it’s outrageous that we’re facing down an unprecedented attack on our national parks and monuments by President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke.  The Trump administration’s review of our national monuments has already spurred a strong backlash, with more than 1 million comments having been generated by the public during the ongoing comment period in favor of preserving national monuments like the tribal-supported Bears Ears National Monument.  People understand that this review is nothing more than an attempt to give away our public lands to the fossil fuel industry. That’s why state LCVs from all across the country will be joining members of Congress to call for the protection of our treasured public lands at a rally during LCV’s June 14 Lobby Day.”