Yakima Nation Tribal Council supports federal lawsuit against Trump

TOPPENISH, Wash. - The Yakima Nation Tribal Council passed a resolution Friday supporting the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Tribe, and Zuni Tribe in their federal lawsuit against President Trump.

The suit is a response to Trump's decision to remove nearly 2 million acres of land from Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. These monuments fall on sacred land for those tribes.

"This is just the latest in a long history of federal acts to dominate and dehumanize Native Nations,” Yakama Nation Tribal Council Chairman JoDe Goudy said. “The Trump Administration’s elimination of federal protections for sacred lands of the Original and Free People is a direct attack on the mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of all of our Peoples.”

Trump signed two proclamations Monday purporting to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument by 1.1 million acres and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 800,000 acres. Trump aims to put control of that land back to the state, which is interested in the natural resources on that land. 

“The continued advocacy of the destruction of our natural resources is a 'special interest' act promoting extinction,” Chairman Goudy said. “As our ancestors have warned throughout time, if our natural resources cease to exist, we all shall cease to exist.”