Updates from the Five Tribes


  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               Press Contacts: Natalie Landreth, Native American Rights Fund, 907-360-3423, landreth@narf.org Matthew Campbell, Native American Rights Fund, 303-447-8760, mcampbell@narf.org Katherine Belzowski, Navajo Nation DOJ, 734-646-2050, kbelzowski@nndoj.org Rollie Wilson, Ute Indian Tribe, 202-340-8232, rwilson@ndnlaw.com   Native American Tribes Oppose H.R. 4532, a Bill to...

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The Navajo Nation, Native American Rights Fund (representing the Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe), and the Ute Indian Tribe Take Legal Action President Trump’s action to revoke and replace the Bears Ears National Monument is not only an attack on the five sovereign nations with deep ties to the Bears Ears region, it is a complete violation of the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. No president...

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Anne Mariah Tapp – (512) 565-9906 (Bluff, Utah) December 4, 2017 – Leaders of the Bears Ears Commission of Tribes (Commission) expressed dismay at today’s action by President Trump that attempts to revoke and replace Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah by creating two different, smaller national monuments that reduce protections for over 1 million acres of land. The...

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contacts: Natalie Landreth, Native American Rights Fund, 907-360-3423, landreth@narf.org Matthew Campbell, Native American Rights Fund, 303-447-8760, mcampbell@narf.org Katherine Belzowski, Navajo Nation DOJ, 734-646-2050, kbelzowski@nndoj.org Rollie Wilson, Ute Indian Tribe, 202-340-8232, rwilson@ndnlaw.com Tribal Leaders Extremely Disappointed over Action by President Trump to Revoke and Replace...

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  Monument Valley, UT (December 1, 2017) Leaders from five Native American Tribes (Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni) today celebrate Congressman Reuben Gallego (D, Arizona) for his introduction of the Bears Ears National Monument Expansion Act, a bill that would expand Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah to the full 1.9 million acre area proposed in 2015 by the five Tribes for permanent protection as a...

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  Monument Valley, UT (November 30, 2017) Maps obtained today by the Native American Rights Fund show plans to drastically diminish Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Trump is expected to make his announcement about the future of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah on Monday.   The following statements are from:    Russell Begaye, President of the Navajo Nation:  “The establishment of the...

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Monument Valley, Utah (November 16, 2017) Leaders from the five tribes that built a coalition to protect and advocate for the continued integrity of Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah (Navajo, Hopi, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Zuni) expressed their dismay over Secretary Zinke’s unfortunate recent remarks regarding the fate of the Monument. On Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told the Salt Lake Tribune that Bears Ears...

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The Bears Ears Commission of Tribes is now hiring staff to assist commissioners in the management of Bears Ears National Monument. Click on the links below for job descriptions (open in PDF): Executive Director Project Manager Administrative...

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Monument Valley, UT (August 24, 2017) Leaders of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition expressed outrage over reports that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended to President Trump that he make dramatic reductions to Bears Ears National Monument. “Secretary Zinke’s recommendation is an insult to Tribes. He has shown complete disregard for Sovereign Tribes with ancestral connections to the region, as well as to the hundreds of...

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Unprecedented outpouring of support shown during official comment period FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Press Contacts: Carleton Bowekaty: 505-879-2826 Davis Filfred: 928-380-0425 BearsEarsPress@gmail.com Monument Valley, UT (May 25, 2017) As part of an abbreviated 15-day comment period, more than 685,000 comments have been submitted online in support of the Bears Ears National Monument to the Department of the Interior. “Our sovereign...

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a coalition of five sovereign Tribal Nations – Hopi, Navajo, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni – will hold a press conference on Wednesday, May 3rd, at 9:30 AM ET at the National Press Club in response to President’s Trump executive order on national monuments, his comments on Bears Ears National Monument, and threats to the Antiquities Act. We encourage all members of...

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Today, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in response to President Trump’s Executive Order directing the Secretary to conduct a “review” of Bears Ears National Monument in the next 45 days, and other monuments within 100 days. The letter reads, in part: The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a partnership of the Hopi, Navajo, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute, and...

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Monument Valley, UT (April 26, 2017) — Leaders of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition expressed grave concerns about today’s Executive Order directing the Department of Interior to review prior national monument designations and propose changes or modify or rescind these protected lands, including Bears Ears National Monument. “It is extremely troubling that after years of effort to protect ancestral Native lands, President...

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Commission reiterates Federal government’s obligation to work with Tribes FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2017 CONTACT: Natasha Hale- (505) 906-8303 Monument Valley, Utah – In accordance with the Bears Ears National Monument proclamation issued on December 28, 2016, the five sovereign Tribal Nations with ancestral ties to Bears Ears, have formally named their representatives for the Bears Ears Commission. In their first action, the...

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Tribal Coalition reiterates request to meet with Secretary Zinke Monument Valley, Utah – The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a partnership of the Hopi, Navajo, Uintah & Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni Tribal governments, congratulates Ryan Zinke on his confirmation as Secretary of Interior and looks forward to working with him during his tenure at the U.S. Department of the Interior. “On behalf of the Bears Ears...

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December 28, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition on the Designation of Bears Ears National Monument   Bears Ears, Utah (December 28, 2016) – Today, President Barack Obama designated Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah using his authority under the Antiquities Act. The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition — a partnership between the Hopi, Navajo, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute, and...

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Traditional Knowledge and Bears Ears

Traditional Knowledge and Bears Ears


Posted on Dec 10, 2016

Renewing Relationship Between Land and Culture By Robin Wall Kimmerer Imagine for a moment, a beloved garden, where your grandma’s heirloom seeds are planted in old foundations that carry her memory, where the soil you have nurtured sustains your family, whose birds rely on your presence, where art adorns the fences. This a garden that you have tended for generations, learning more and more with every passing season until the...

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The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Casting wildlands as the backbone of Utah’s economic future, outdoor industry leaders Thursday joined a chorus of groups calling on President Barack Obama to designate Bears Ears National Monument. The move is required to protect tens of thousands of archaeological sites hidden in a 1.9 million-acre network of canyons and mesas in southeast Utah, according to Peter Metcalf, founder of Salt Lake...

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Monument Valley, UT (June 23, 2016) – Late last year, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition formally broke away from discussions with the Utah congressional delegation on their flawed and long-delayed Public Lands Initiative. At the time, we noted that the Utah congressional delegation refused to give serious consideration or respect to our proposal to protect our ancestral lands, and that the process to develop the Public Lands...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2016 CONTACT: Natasha Hale- (505) 906-8303 Towaoc, Colorado —The Tri-Ute Council, which includes the Ute Mountain Ute, Southern Indian Ute, and Ute Indian Tribes, convened for their quarterly meeting in Towaoc, Colorado on June 14th to discuss issues relevant to Ute people. The Tri-Ute Council passed a resolution supporting presidential designation of a Bears Ears National Monument in Southeast Utah....

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