President Teddy Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act of 1906 to protect our shared American landscape from thieves and to prevent corporate looting. But Donald Trump is doing the opposite.
The Antiquities Act authorized presidents to protect federal land with monument designation. Thanks to the efforts of presidents of both political parties, our nation has more than 150 national monuments on our public lands and waters. These historic sites represent a crucial part of our American heritage — they protect Native American sacred ground, preserve historic areas, and drive local economies with unparalleled opportunities for recreation and tourism.