"Monument Valley as seen from Muley Point, on an escarpment high above the San Juan River in southeastern #Utah. The land known as Bears Ears has become a battleground in the fight over how much power Washington exerts over federally controlled Western landscapes. A coalition of tribes, with support from conservation groups, is pushing for a new monument here, arguing it would protect 1.9 million acres of land from new mining and drilling and become a final major act of conservation for the current administration. It could also create a new model for how public lands are managed: A tribal coalition wants to jointly manage the land with the government. But Conservative lawmakers have lined up to oppose the idea. They say it would add restrictions on animal grazing, oil and gas drilling and road-building in a struggling rural county. Mark Holm took this photo while on #nytassignment." By nytimes on Instagram.
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