From: The Committee on Natural Resources – Minority Staff
Sent By: brandon.bragato@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 3882
Date: 11/23/2015

Dear Colleague:

Please join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 3882, a bill to establish the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.

In 2012, President Obama made the historic decision to place a 20-year moratorium on new mining claims on a million acres of federal land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. The Executive Order – informed by an Environmental Impact Statement developed through a public process that included one million comments – protected one of our nation’s most iconic landscapes.

This was an important first step, but by making that withdrawal permanent, my bill builds on that decision, while recognizing that the Grand Canyon Region is the sacred, ancestral home of many tribes in Arizona and throughout the Southwest.  Throughout the Grand Canyon Region there are important tribal sacred sites, ancient trails, burial sites, and myriad cultural resources that deserve recognition and lasting protection. My bill will permanently protect these important cultural resources and provide tribes with meaningful opportunities to participate in the planning and ongoing management of the national monument.

The Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act establishes a national monument to protect and preserve the cultural and natural resources found on approximately 1.7 million acres of federal land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.  The bill was developed with extensive input from the Grand Canyon-Associated Tribes and is enthusiastically endorsed by the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, the Havasupai Tribe, and the Hualapai Indian Tribe. Recognizing that the Grand Canyon is the ancestral home to these tribes, the bill establishes a framework for tribes to participate, through meaningful collaboration and consultation, in the planning and ongoing management of the monument. It is essential that tribal communities connected to the Grand Canyon remain continually engaged in the management of these lands.

Additionally, protected public land is an important part of the economy in Arizona. A newly published analysis shows the significant economic benefits of the public land in the area of the proposed national monument. The analysis, conducted by BBC Research & Consulting on behalf of the Center for Western Priorities, shows that the land – to the north and south of Grand Canyon National Park – already generates approximately $51 million in economic activity each year, which would be preserved or potentially expanded with a monument designation.

Please join me as a co-sponsor on my bill to establish the Greater Grand Canyon National Monument. To cosponsor or for more information, please contact Brandon Bragato (brandon.bragato@mail.house.gov) with the Natural Resources Committee staff.

Peace,

Raúl M. Grijalva
Ranking Member House Committee on Natural Resources