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GOP senator says ‘the Indians’ should ‘just take my word for it’ on sacred tribal lands

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GOP senator says ‘the Indians’ should ‘just take my word for it’ on sacred tribal lands

Not only was Sen. Orrin Hatch condescending, he was also wrong.

Sen. Hatch at a Donald Trump rally in Utah last November. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Speaking alongside Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about the Trump administration’s order to review — and potentially shrink or eliminate — nearly 30 national monuments, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Native Americans were “manipulated” into their support for the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument southeastern Utah.

“The Indians, they don’t fully understand that a lot of the things that they currently take for granted on those lands, they won’t be able to do if it’s made clearly into a monument or a wilderness,” Hatch said on Sunday. “Once you put...

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