Magazine article The American Prospect

Losing Hopi?

Magazine article The American Prospect

Losing Hopi?

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When President Clinton stood this January in the Arizona sunshine at Grand Canyon Hopi Point and announced the designation of three new national monuments and the expansion of a fourth, he was confident that "the good Lord" must be smiling on him. "I know we're doing the right thing, because look at the day we've got," he crowed.

Well, Arizona Republicans weren't smiling--and they're still hoping to rain on Clinton's parade. Though the holdings involved in the new monuments were already federal land--and though the president acted squarely within the Antiquities Act of 1906--any measure restricting mining, logging, or roadbuilding rights was bound to be a Republican no-no.

Republican Governor Jane Hull blasted the effects the new monuments would have on the Arizona economy, and the state's seven Republican federal lawmakers lined up behind her. Then, on January 26, seven state legislators, all Republicans, joined with Utah ranchers who say they live part time in Arizona to file a lawsuit against the federal government. The litigants don't just want an injunction against the new monument at Grand Canyon-Parashant, which protects wilderness and crucial watersheds at the nation's best-known national park. …

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