Native Americans are shattered by the announcement. These monuments contain thousands of archaeological relics tied to their culture.
"Helaman Thor Hale and Andrea Hale, both Native Americans, had brought their three sons to the rally. “It’s a historical trauma our people have been through over and over,” said Mr. Hale. “We’re showing our kids this is the real world. And it’s not nice.”
Trump's announcement is considered a victory for private industry, particularly the fossil fuels industry.
"Mr. Trump’s decision to reduce Bears Ears is viewed as a victory for Republican lawmakers, fossil fuel companies and others who argue that monument designations are federal land grabs that limit revenue and stifle local control."
Utah Senator Mike Lee is apparently indifferent to the plight of his native American constituents. He congratulated Trump on the announcement. Lee said that the president has been, "sympathetic to the fact that we’ve been mistreated, and I’m grateful that he is willing to correct it.” Lee made no mention of Utah's native Americans, who have been mistreated for hundreds of years.