Monumental Folly

By Ellis Richard

In 1906, a Republican Congress passed the Antiquities Act. A Republican president, Teddy Roosevelt, signed it. Now some Republicans in Congress, such as Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, want to gut it, and a vote may be come as early as this week.

The Antiquities Act was written to give a president the authority to quickly set aside important pieces of land that needed protection, such as the fragile and vulnerable ancient ruins of Mesa Verde at-risk to looting. Over the years, this Act has been used by presidents from both parties to protect culturally …read more

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