Art of a bro­ken deal

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

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

Ge­orge Frey Getty Im­ages

SAND­STONE for­ma­tions on the western edge of Bears Ears Na­tional Mon­u­ment in Utah.

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