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President Barack Obama moved yesterday to preserve the Bears Ears area in southwest Utah, designating 1.35 million acres of the American West a national monument. In a statement, Obama said that the Bears Ears monument––named for its distinctive pair of buttes––would "protect some of the country's most significant natural, cultural and archaeological resources, including important ancestral grounds for numerous tribes."

"Today's actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these scenic and historic landscapes," Obama continued.

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