Environment: Indians and the Canyon

The bill being considered by the House Interior Committee would double the size of Grand Canyon National Park. The amendment added to it last week by a 24-11 vote was sponsored by Arizona's conservation-minded Morris Udall. Thus the measure might be expected to have the support of every environmental group in the nation. Instead, it has provoked anguished protests from both the Sierra Club and the Friends of the Earth. Says Sierra Club spokesman Brock Evans: "It's a disaster of the first rank for the national park system."

The reason for the outcry is the innocuous-seeming amendment. It would give the 430-member...

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