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Westerners fear Obama preparing monuments land grab
ust south of Canyonlands National Park, the redrock wonders merge into a scrubland oasis with a peak that juts 11,000 feet into the sky. Mesas and buttes provide panoramic views and canyons, and ancient cliff dwellings offer a unique retreat.
Itâ€™s a region that holds sacred and historic value to the Navajo Nation, which has pitched Congress on creating the DinĂ© BikĂ©yah National Conservation Area to protect the 1.9 million acres in San Juan County from development. But as with most things involving Congress, inaction has been the order of the day.
Even as supporters of a conservation area remain hopeful, theyâ€™re ready for Plan B: Asking President Barack Obama for a national monument.
Willie Grayeyes, and other members of the nonprofit Utah DinĂ© BikĂ©yah, traveled recently to Washington to lobby Interior Department officials to designate the region north of the San Juan River and just outside
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