The Antiquities Act – a Primer

Last week we posted an analysis of the recent Executive Order regarding the  Antiquities Act of 1906, 54 U.S.C. §§ 320301 – 320303 (“Antiquities Act” or the “Act”) and the letter we sent to Secretary Zinke highlighting concerns we have regarding recent designations of National Monuments. This week we begin a […]

Antiquities Act Executive Order—Overwrought Response Disregards Real Risks of Lack of Transparency and Unbridled Presidential Discretion

By Cynthia F. Crawford and Kara E. McKenna Since news broke earlier this week that President Trump would be signing an Executive Order (“E.O.”) regarding the Antiquities Act, hysteria has ensued. It’s as if the President had declared a new Oklahoma Land Rush on some of America’s most treasured landscapes, […]

CoA Institute Highlights Problems with Presidents’ Unilateral Designation of Monuments

Washington D.C. – After President Trump yesterday signed an executive order to review previous presidents’ national monument designations under the Antiquities Act, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outlining why some designations may have been unlawful. Signed into law over a […]

CoA Institute Requests White House Communications with John Podesta, Interest Groups on Controversial National Monument Designations

Washington, DC – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) today sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking records of correspondence among the White House, Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and outside interest groups discussing current and proposed national monument designations. Unconfirmed emails obtained by CoA Institute appear […]