President Barack Obama is obliged by his constitutionally defined duties and obligations to designate the nearly two million acres of Navajo, Hopi, Ute and Zuni ancestral lands as the Bears Ears National Monument.
You will note that I am not saying that the president is within his constitutional rights to create this new national monument. I am stating quite bluntly and correctly that he is required to do so.
President Obama is president of all Americans and of all 50 states, not the president only of those states whose electoral votes he received or of those citizens who have given him their personal votes and their affections. He is president of all of the lands contained within each and every one of those states, lands that belong to all of us and to millions not yet born.