Trump to shrink Utah monuments, riling tribes and environmentalists

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Trump to shrink Utah national monumentsU.S. President Donald Trump will visit Utah on Monday to announce big cuts to the state’s sprawling wilderness national monuments, a move that is likely to trigger legal challenges from tribes and environmental groups.

Trump’s visit to the state follows a months-long review by the Interior Department that he ordered in April to identify which of 27 monuments designated by past presidents should be rescinded or resized to make way for development.

Unlike national parks that can only be created by an act of Congress, national monuments can be designated unilaterally by presidents under the century-old Antiquities Act, a law meant to protect sacred sites, artifacts and historical objects.

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