Modern Remedies for Antiquated Laws: Challenging National Monument Designations Under the 1906 Antiquities Act

Engage, Volume 11, Issue 2
By Mark C. Rutzick
August 31, 2010
In late 2009 rumors emerged that the Obama Administration is contemplating a fresh round of national monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The Interior Department has confirmed that it has compiled a list of some fourteen “Treasured Landscapes,” totaling 13.1 million acres of federal land, that are under consideration for potential designation, but otherwise has declined congressional inquiries into the details of the rumors.