Protest crowd from Saturday's rally in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thousands of protesters fired up by President Donald Trump's expected announcement to shrink two national monuments in Utah rallied in Salt Lake City on December 2, just two days ahead of his planned visit.
Crowds converged on the steps of the Utah State Capitol to denounce Trump's decision, many chanting and holding signs with messages such as “Protect Wild Utah.'' Native American groups, some in tribal dress, danced or formed drum circles.
Speakers who addressed the throngs of demonstrators included a state lawmaker and an official with the Navajo Nation.
State Rep. Patrice Arent, a Democrat from Millcreek, accused Trump of coming to “wreak destruction on a land he knows basically nothing about,'' the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch vowed said the president should see these monuments for himself.
“I want him to visit Bears Ears before he takes any action,'' Branch said.
Roughly 5,000 people showed up to the rally, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The demonstration remained relatively peaceful.
Trump visited the state on Monday, when he announced a plan to reduce the size of Bears Ears and Staircase-Escalante National Monuments by nearly two-thirds. Those monuments were designated by former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, respectively.
Trump's move would be the first such act by a president in half a century. Environmentalists and tribal leaders have decried the decision as illegal and an affront to Native Americans.
Leaked documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Trump plans to shrink Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 85 percent and reduce Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by almost half.
The plan would cut the total amount of land in the state's red rock country protected under monument status from more than 3.2 million acres (5,000 square miles) to about 1.2 million acres (1,875 square miles).
Trump has told Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and other Utah officials that he will follow the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to shrink both monuments.
Joseph Roberts. (Submitted photos)
By LACEY WHELAN
FORT HALL— Joseph Roberts, Criminal Investigator Supervisor for Fort Hall Police Department, was presented with a plaque from Patrick Teton, police chief, at a luncheon on November 30.
Roberts began as a patrol officer at the FHPD from 1993 to 1995 and then left to become a patrol officer for the Ely Tribe in Nevada for 18 months. He returned as a patrol officer for the FHPD in 1997, then went onto an interim sergeant from 1999 to 2000, and was reassigned to be a detective in 2002. He then became criminal investigator supervisor in 2012 and presently is in the position.
Roberts first attended the Idaho State Post and graduated in 1990. He then went onto the Indian Police Academy, (Class 72) in 1996 where he graduated in Artesia, New Mexico. In 2002 he graduated from the Criminal Investigator Academy in Glynco, Georgia, where 14 other federal agencies also attended.
Plaque presented to Roberts by the Fort Hall Police Department.
Roberts oversees four detectives, two temporary detectives, and an administrative assistant. On a daily basis he oversees all the cases of the detectives, monthly reports, provides equipment, gives instruction on special cases, and also keeps relationships in good standing with the FBI and state partners. Joe said he also works any cases when he is needed.
He loves to spend time with his three grandkids and his family when he is not at work.
In 2010, he was named criminal investigator of the year for Fort Hall Police, International Associations of Arson Investigators, Idaho State Police Award of Excellence 2013, First Ely Shoshone Police Officer to attend the Indian Police Academy 1996, and American Legion Law Enforcement of the year 2004.
Roberts said he prides himself on being a people person who grew up in Gibson and is proud he gets to serve the community he grew up in, which is very unique. He also wants to continue to work for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, and would like to keep the Fort Hall Police department going in the right direction.
His goals are to get his staff ready, educated, and trained to fill his shoes so when the time comes for him to leave the department and they have gained his knowledge and experience to help better serve the community.
He appreciates the opportunity to work for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes and for the opportunity to work and serve the community.