Obama designates San Juan Islands as a national monument

Obama designates San Juan Islands as a national monument

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar high-fives U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) after U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill designating San Juan Islands, in Washington, a National Monument, during a bill signing in the Oval Office at the White House on March 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C. President Obama signed a series of bills designating five new National Monuments, including, Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico, the First State Monument in Delaware, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad in Maryland, the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers in Ohio and the San Juan Islands in Washington. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has designated five new national monuments, using executive authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites.

Vice President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Obama Monday in the Oval Office as he signed five proclamations designating the sites under the Antiquities Act. The ceremony was closed to reporters.

The sites are Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state.

Biden has long sought the site in Delaware, his home state and the only state without a national park. Designating the 1,100 acre site is the first step toward creating a national park there.

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