In today’s paper I read that President Biden reversed Trump yet again, effectively returning to a 2014 policy that forbade the use of antipersonnel landmines in all but the defense of South Korea. It seems that a lot of what Biden does reverses previous government policy. And nowhere as much—or as effectively—as with Indian affairs, where the reversals overturn decades and even centuries of American government policies.
Yesterday’s news was a reversal of Trump on Bears Ears National Monument. National monuments are executive order landmarks, so, unlike National Parks, are subject to the policy leanings of the current occupant of the White House. Trump had significantly shrunk the size of the Bears Ears Monument. Biden, “on the counsel of Deb Haaland, the Secretary of the Interior,” as the New York Times declared, reversed Trump. President Barack Obama had established Bears Ears in 2016, the culmination of more than a century of efforts to protect the ancestral homeland of Tribal Nations Read The Article