The Executive Director for Californians for Western Wilderness, Mike Painter, shares his thoughts about Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, for which President Trump has proposed a reduction of 85% in size. Mike believes that we cannot just be cynical and complain about what is happening with our public lands, but that we can and should take specific actions. Watch this video to hear Mike's recommendations on how we can make our voices heard.

Professor Wilkinson is a foremost authority on U.S. land use laws concerning public lands and Indian lands and he is the author of several books on these legal topics of particular interest in the West. The video is divided into three short segments: federal public land laws, Indian law and policy, and water law. Professor Wilkinson shares an insightful story about the inception of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah and inspiring stories of the resurgence of Indian nations. His brief primer on public land law, water law, and Indian law informs us with a deeper understanding of our Western land heritage and the importance of our federal laws.