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The sun sets over Monument Valley as seen from the Bears Ears National Monument on April 4 outside Blanding, Utah. Photo: George Frey/Getty Images

A coalition of Native American tribes is urging "immediate action" from President Biden to restore and expand Utah's Bears Ears National Monument, which was slashed by nearly 85% under former President Trump, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Tribal activists are increasingly frustrated that Biden hasn't reversed Trump's rollback of protections for national monuments and restored their original boundaries.

Driving the news: "We have tried to be patient and respectful as we await your decision on restoration," Clark W. Tenakhongva, vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe, and Henry Stevens Jr., representative for the Navajo Nation, wrote in the letter to Biden obtained by the Post.

  • "However, the longer action is not taken, real harm, much permanent, is occurring on this sacred landscape."
  • The coalition also criticized the Biden administration for allowing the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service to operate under Trump-era management plans, which the tribes are not "collaboratively engaged [in]," per the letter.

The big picture: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland this summer urged Biden to restore full protections to three national monuments that shrunk under Trump, including Bears Ears, the Washington Post reports.

  • Biden, who ordered the Interior Department to investigate the monuments on his first day in office, has not yet announced his plans to restore the land.
  • The tribes that make up the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition include the Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Hopi Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe and Pueblo of Zuni, per the Post.

What they're saying: "Each day that passes without national monument protection for numerous sacred sites and irreplaceable cultural resources risks desecration, looting, vandalism, and misinformed visitation to an area that contains the exact kind of antiquities that inspired the creation of the Antiquities Act," per the letter.

  • "These artifacts, considered by us to be messages our ancestors meant for us to see and incorporate as lessons into our present, are literally being erased."

Go deeper: Interior Department to meet with tribal leaders to reset relations

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Khalil Mack during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Jeff Bottari/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears won for the first time on the road this year, defeating the Raiders 20-9 in Las Vegas.

Why it matters: The Bears held one of the best offenses in football to 259 total yards and nine points to go over .500 for the first time this season.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.