Preserving our shared public lands

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 20, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    If you know your history... then you know that the people inhabiting these cliff dwellings abandoned them 2 thousand years before Europeans arrived.

    You pretend European settlers killed them and left the cliff dwellings empty... that's historically and factually untrue. They left WAY before Europeans even knew about this land.

    Now if you're talking about other settlements (not the cliff dwellings pictured in the article)... you have a good point.

    But don't pretend the Anasazi and the people inhabiting places like recapture canyon were killed or driven out by European settlers. They were gone WAY before Europeans even knew about America. Can't blame them for that.

    But you can blame our Government for other dealings with the inhabitants of these lands nobody's proud of today... I was going to call them the "Original Inhabitants" of these lands, but they aren't the original inhabitants. The Anisazi and other cultures were there first, and driven out or left LONG before Europeans came.

  • OneWifeOnly San Diego, CA
    May 19, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    Willie Grayeyes,
    Thank you for writing this article. DN, Thank you for publishing it. This article articulates why public lands are so important. Here is a group who respects our public lands and followed the appropriate protocol to access the land. Contrast their actions with that of Phil Lyman and others who want to protest the federal agency’s authority to control the public land. I sincerely hope BLM will pursue all means through the legal system to hold these lawbreakers accountable. The land belongs to everyone. We should not live by mob rule and the citizens of Utah, especially, should be keenly aware of the consequence of mob rule given the history behind the arrival of its citizens and formation of the state.

  • deserthound Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2014 4:03 p.m.

    Well said.