For Vernon Lee of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, a national monument designation for Gold Butte would be the next best thing to having the U.S. government return the land to his people. Kirk Siegler hide caption

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The Sand to Snow National Monument is one of three California areas designated as national monuments on Friday. Together they protect nearly 1.8 million acres of public lands. Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management hide caption

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