Today, I read an article about a proposed law to limit the Antiquities Act of 1906, which empowers the president to create new national monuments and set aside lands for the American people.
Americans’ wealth does not lie in oil or other industry, but in our natural beauty. Most places in the world have a rich culture and extensive history, but our country is too young to have that. Instead, we have beautiful untouched lands that we, as American people, can enjoy, be inspired by, and know is safe from industry.
I urge our representatives to please oppose the limiting of the Antiquities Act of 1906.
Editor’s note: We understand and appreciate the writer’s letter supporting the Antiquity Act. However, we add that the land on which we live is home to many rich cultures that have a history here dating back to time immemorial. Indigenous knowledge of this place we call home informs us about the importance of all laws that require stewardship of our important cultural and natural places.