- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah attorney general’s office is not investigating the supporters of a push for a new national monument in Utah, despite a request from state lawmakers for an inquiry.

Republican Rep. Mike Noel of Kanab and other GOP officials said in April that they believed the coalition of tribes advocating for a 1.9-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument don’t really represent Navajo people and that environmental groups were really driving the push.

After some debate, he and the rest of Utah’s Constitutional Defense Council voted to urge Attorney General Sean Reyes to investigate those supporting and opposing the monument.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah said Thursday that it asked Reyes not to investigate, citing concerns it could infringe on First Amendment rights.

Reyes’ office says it does not investigate cases unless there’s a specific allegation of misconduct.


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