A brief summary this
page:A controversy about the use of the
Antiquities Act of 1906 has arisen with President Clinton's intention
to preserve large amounts of federal land in the western United
States. In 1906, Congress voted the following into law:
"The President of the United States is authorized, in
his discretion, to declare by public proclamation historic landmarks,
historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or
scientific interested that are situated upon the lands owned or
controlled by the Government of the United
Theodore Roosevelt was the first President to
use this new power, establishing protection over the Grand Canyon and
many other locations. President Carter set aside huge tracts of land
in Alaska, and now President Clinton is using the law to protect more
land. Each of these presidents faced powerful opposition, usually
from political leaders in the West who viewed this as unreasonable
seizures of land by the Federal government.
This controversy is just one more example of
how actions and events of the past continue to affect the present.
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