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The confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers in the Grand Canyon has spiritual significance to many local tribes. Cultural heritage is just one of the reasons cited for a plan to add 1.7 million acres of protected land around the Canyon. Photo/Sophia Kunthara/Cronkite News

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Tribes, Grijalva ask Obama to sign 1.7 million acres into national monument

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders joined Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, on April 26 urging President Barack Obama to designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument, bypassing Congress in the process.