Navajo Lawmaker Appeals To Trump To Save Monuments

Published: Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:28am

In a television advertisement airing Thursday, a Navajo Nation lawmaker implores President Donald Trump to protect national monuments.

The 30-second ad shows Davis Filfred walking in Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. The footage features an expansive landscape with cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, mesas and the sun sitting on the horizon.

Bears Ears has been targeted for reduction by the Trump administration, but it's unclear by how much.

As the ad wraps up, Filfred makes a direct plea to the camera, "Mr. President. Not all monuments divide us. Some bring us together."

Filfred said the ad is his way of trying to get attention from officials he said haven't listened to tribal concerns.

The $150,000 ad is airing in the Washington, D.C., market. It's paid for by the National Wildlife Federation.

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