Art of a broken deal
Re “A heritage of betrayal,” Opinion, June 19
I am a Japanese American who was born at the Manzanar internment camp during World War II, so although I am not a Native American, I can empathize with them in their betrayal by the federal government over the Bears Ears National Monument proclamation.
The Trump administration’s plan to shrink the Utah monument, one that native communities worked with the Obama administration to create in 2016, fits into a pattern of broken treaties by the federal government against many Native American nations throughout U.S. history.
The push westward and the establishment of communities by white settlers supported militarily by the U.S. government resulted in the killing and forced evacuation of Native American nations. During this period, treaties were signed by the U.S. but broken to meet the needs and demands of the encroaching settlers.
It took a black president to establish Bears Ears, and now a white president and a white Interior secretary want to scale it back. Larry Naritomi Monterey Park
SANDSTONE formations on the western edge of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.