Patagonia Sues over Trump's Monuments Order

The company argues shrinking the monument by 85 percent is an "extreme overreach in authority."

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 5:49 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Outdoor company Patagonia has sued to block President Donald Trump's cuts to Utah's Bears Ears National Monument.

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Patagonia's lawsuit was filed Wednesday night, becoming the fourth legal challenge after Trump announced Monday he would shrink Bear Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah.

The California-based company argues shrinking the monument by 85 percent is an "extreme overreach in authority" and strips much-needed protections from sacred tribal lands. It filed the suit on behalf of several organizations.

The lawsuit came after Patagonia replaced its usual home page with a stark message, "The President Stole Your Land."

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke shot back by saying the claim is "nefarious, false and a lie."

A coalition of five tribes has also sued to preserve Bears Ears. Two lawsuits have been filed to protect Grand Staircase.

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