Statement by the Archaeological Institute of America in Opposition to the National Monument Creation and Protection Act, H.R. 3990

On October 30, 2017, the Archaeological Institute of America released a statement in opposition to the National Monument Creation and Protection Act, H.R. 3990, because, “The National Monument Creation and Protection Act, H.R. 3990, erects hurdles that would make it virtually impossible for future presidents to designate national monuments. This bill requires approval of large-scale monument designations by all county commissions, state legislatures, and governors in the area, undermining the original intent of the Antiquities Act–to have the President protect at risk cultural resources in a timely manner. It bars presidents from designating marine national monuments completely and gives them the authority to reduce the size of declared national monuments drastically. H.R. 3990 effectively eliminates the presidential authority established by the Antiquities Act to safeguard heritage for all Americans and citizens of the world.”

Read the full statement here.

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  • Mark says

    Whilst I agree with the position that the president should be able to protect national monuments with less legal hindrance, the abuse of power by the previous president with regards to overprotecting too much clearly dictates that the power had to be curtailed or at least slowed down significantly so that a more reasonable approach to designating monuments is established. Perhaps some sort of compromise is required.


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