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Thousands gathered in front of Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday to decry the government's plan to shrink two state national monuments.

Trump has already offended Native Americans by overriding tribal objections to approve the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines and using a White House event honoring Navajo Code Talkers to take a political jab at a Democratic senator he has nicknamed 'Pocahontas'.

Trump has reportedly told U.S. Sen.

These tribes are collaboratively managing Bears Ears National Monument in the state, the first truly Native American national monument, so that they have showed their strong opposition against the plan to reduce the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Some of that land would be affected under the draft maps Interior has prepared, though officials have cautioned that the final boundaries could still be changed before Trump issues a proclamation on Monday.

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Those in the crowd Saturday are opposed to such a reduction to the monuments, and they carried signs with messages like "Save Wild Utah", "Utah Stands with Bears Ears" and "Don't Trump our National Monuments".

"To see those eroded away after the antiquities act that passed in 1906 by Teddy Roosevelt, who was a republican by the way".

Bears Ears presently a 1.3-million-acre monument in Utah's San Juan County, would be divided into the Indian Creek National Monument and the Shash Jha National monument. Staircase-Escalante was designated in 1996 by President Bill Clinton.

"He will not be able to bask in one day of applause at the Salt Lake City airport" before being sued, she said.

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