AP FACT CHECK: Trump's curious case for shrinking monuments
December 6, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made a curious case for stripping federal protections from vast stretches of two of America's national monument lands.
For one, he said his decision will give Native Americans back their "rightful voice over the sacred land." But they already have specified rights on the land, thanks to the national monument designation under the Antiquities Act, and fear losing those rights under his decision. That's why they're fighting his action in court.
Trump also said that thanks to his decision, "families will hike and hunt on land they have known for gener...