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Even as the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in Standing Rock has galvanized Native Americans across the U.S., a bill entered in the U.S. House of Representatives by Utah Republican congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz seeks to take 100,000 acres of Ute tribal lands and hand them over to oil and mining companies. Will Bears Ears be the site of the next standoff?
The proposed bill also seeks to remove protection from 18 million acres of land in eastern Utah and prevent President Obama from designating the Bears Ears area a national monument.
Adjoining Canyonlands National Park and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Bears Ears is an unprotected culturally significant region that contains more than 100,000 Native American archeological sites. These sacred sites are subject to continual looting and desecration. More than a dozen serious looting cases were reported between May 2014 and April 2015.
The area is rich in mining deposits including uranium and potash with some deposits of tar sands present as well. Oil and gas companies are eyeing the area for drilling.
Al Gore's Oligarchy
The history of the Gore family and Occidental Petroleum have been intertwined for generations. Al Gore Sr. was such a loyal political ally that Occidental’s founder and longtime CEO, Armand Hammer, liked to say that he had Gore "in my back pocket." When Gore Sr. left the Senate in 1970, Hammer gave him a half a million dollar a year job at an Occidental subsidiary and a seat on the company’s board of directors. Money from Occidental and its subsidiaries formed the basis of the Gore family fortune.
But it is not only the land of Indigenous Colombians that Occidental is drilling against the wishes of the residents and indigenous inhabitants. In late 1997, Al Gore supported the federal government’s three and a half billion dollar sale of the Elk Hills oil field in Bakersfield, California, to Occidental Petroleum. This was the largest privatization of federal property in US history. Occidental’s plans to drill for oil in Elk Hills will disturb traditional burial sites for the Yokuts indigenous peoples of southern California. At stake are at least 100 ancient sites in the Buena Vista Lake region where Yokuts peoples once lived.
A visit by the secretary of the Interior is reigniting a long-running debate between native American tribes and rural residents about how the land should be managed.
An escalating battle over Bears Ears pits state lawmakers against environmental groups, and splits Native Americans.
originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: TheBadCabbie
What a bunch of retards.
No asshats. Just no. STAAP.
You are TERRIBLE at governance.
Take the idea back and shut the hell up.
Taking native American land.....seriously?
Natives, shoot the first to try. Seriously. Or take them prisoner. Whatever you can live with. The entire country "got you", and most of the world too.
I mean really.
Is this a joke? Who is driving this thing?
originally posted by: TheBadCabbie
Federal government taking land for thinly veiled mining interests...gosh, this sure seems like a familiar theme. I know I've seen some stories about similar types of occurrences involving the federal government having an interest in land that possesses extensive mineral resources somewhere, sometime recently.
Not to topic-drift too much, but the story of allowing our Western states into the U.S.A. is a story of the "federal government taking land for thinly veiled mining interests" including logging. This is why ID, MT, UT, NV, NM, AZ, CO have so much federal "owned" land - admission to the union was premised on the territorial legislature agreeing to cede these portions of their States to federal ownership.
Now back to your original topic.edit on 23-9-2016 by LanceCorvette because: (no reason given)