Utah’s fraught relationship with the Antiquities Act

Today on the show we look at the legislation sponsored by Utah lawmakers that would remove Utah from the Antiquities Act, the 1906 law that gives presidents the ability to establish a national monument.

Richfield Republican Rep. Carl Albrecht is sponsoring HJR1, which asks Utah’s congressional delegation to draft legislation excluding Utah from the Antiquities Act. Utah would join Wyoming and Alaska as the only states requiring congressional consent to create national monuments.

Moroni Benally of the Utah League of Native American Voters talks about what the Antiquities Act means to him as a tool for Native communities, while Mike Noel, Republican representative from Kanab, says there are better laws for protecting objects of cultural importance.

And Jonah Yellowman, spiritual adviser of Utah Dine Bikeyah, explains his spiritual connection to the land.

Members of Utah-based Native and environmental rights organization PANDOS at the Utah State Capitol, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: Russel Daniels)