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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

Go deeper

Biden signs order to address epidemic of murdered, missing Indigenous people

Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden signed an executive order Monday directing federal agencies to design a strategy to address the epidemic of murdered and missing Indigenous people, the White House said.

Driving the news: The order is part of a slew of announcements expected this week as the White House hosts the first Tribal Nations summit since 2016.

Fed signals it could yank economic support quicker as inflation sticks around

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee today. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve will consider pulling back economic support sooner "as the threat of persistently high inflation has grown," chair Jerome Powell said during a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: This is the biggest signal yet the Fed is backing away from its stance that soaring prices would be fleeting — a change that could shift its policies that underpin the economy.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
Updated 1 hour ago - Economy & Business

Crypto meets the real world

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

The two largest countries in the world seem intent on effectively banning their citizens from participating in crypto, which poses a serious threat to the crypto agenda.

Why it matters: The crypto world is global — but the real world is fragmented into nation-states, each of which claims control of what happens within its borders.