Coalition Updates


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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Utah Tribal Leaders Association Passes Resolution of Support for Bears Ears National Monument by Overwhelming Margin FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2016 CONTACT: Gavin Noyes – (801) 521-7398, Natasha Hale- (505) 906-8303 Cedar City, UT — Yesterday, the Utah Tribal Leaders association (UTL) passed a formal resolution of support in favor of Bears Ears National Monument. The official representatives from seven of Utah’s eight...

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For the second time in two months, the editorial board of Utah’s newspaper of record, the Salt Lake Tribune, has written that President Obama should use his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate a Bears Ears National Monument without delay: The alternative to a national monument, the Public Lands Initiative pushed by Utah Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, has still not been formally introduced. Even if it were to...

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Creation Justice Ministries commissioned a poll of Utah voters regarding support for proposed Bears Ears national monument. Public Opinion Strategies conducted the poll in May 2016 and found 71% of Utah voters support the proposed Bears Ears national monument, while only 20% oppose it. Download the press release See a summary of key findings from the poll See the poll’s interview schedule...

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The editorial board of the Salt Lake Tribune comes out strongly in favor of President Obama designating a Bears Ears National Monument using his authority under the Antiquities Act: Just about everyone who spoke at Wednesday’s meeting of the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands was arguing for President Obama to order the creation of a 1.9 million acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.   So that...

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Tribal Leaders Eager to Show Secretary Unmatched Cultural Landscape and Urgent Need for a Bears Ears National Monument FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2016 CONTACT: Eric Descheenie, Bears Ears InterTribal Coalition (480) 323-9416 descheenie@hotmail.com Natasha Hale, Bears Ears InterTribal Coalition (505) 906-8303 bearsearspress@gmail.com BEARS EARS, UT -Leaders of the Bears Ears InterTribal Coalition welcomed Interior Secretary Sally...

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For more than a century, several Native American sites have been thoughtfully protected by Congress and presidents of both parties. Yet areas of great importance to our people still remain unprotected. For this reason the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition, composed of the Navajo, Hopi, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni Tribal Governments strongly oppose Senator Mike Lee’s amendment to the Energy Bill (S. 2012) which...

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Bears Ears: A Native Perspective

Bears Ears: A Native Perspective


Posted on Mar 7, 2016

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition has released a new publication, “Bears Ears: A Native Perspective.” This publication highlights the many cultural values of Bears Ears and calls for the protection of the region as a national monument. The connection to the land for Native people, the ongoing looting and damage of archaeological and cultural sites, and the lack of knowledge about the spiritual nature of the landscape provide an...

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Check out this new video featuring Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, head councilwoman of Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Regina speaks from the heart about Native connections to this landscape and the urgent need to save Americas most significant unprotected cultural landscape. After getting inspired by the video, please take action and tell President Obama to create the Bears Ears National Monument.   Bears Ears InterTribal Coalition –...

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Former U.S. Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt publicly expressed his support for the Inter-Tribal Coalition’s call for a Bears Ears National Monument and for an increased role for Tribes in the protection of sacred sites and access to places of ceremonial importance. In his On January 21, op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Babbitt recognized the connection between the Tribes and these lands, quoting Ute tribal member, Malcolm...

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Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition Statement on Colorado College Poll Monument Valley, UT (January 11, 2016) – The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition issued the following statement regarding the newly released polling results from the highly regarded “State of the Rockies” report issued annually by Colorado College. This year’s poll shows 66% of Utahns support the creation of a Bears Ears National Monument, while a mere 20% oppose. “The...

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On December 31st, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition sent a formal letter (opens in PDF) to Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, discontinuing discussions over including tribal objectives in the Congressmen’s Public Lands Initiative. The PLI is a process initiated in 2013 by Congressman Bishop to resolve long-standing disputes over conservation on federal public lands in Eastern Utah. The Hopi, Navajo, Ute Indian Tribe,...

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On October 15th, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition formally presented to the Obama Administration our proposal for the creation of a 1.9 million acre, collaboratively managed national monument in southern Utah. A copy of the proposal was also delivered to Representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz of Utah. At a press conference at the National Press Club, tribal leaders emphasized that the proposal is an opportunity to bring...

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More than 300 people from numerous regional tribes travelled to Bears Ears during July 17-19 for the first Inter-Tribal Summer Gathering at Bears Ears. Families from Ute, Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni tribes camped out on in a beautiful meadow at the base of the twin buttes where young and old had the opportunity to exchange traditional foods, exchange songs and dances, and celebrate the shared vision of protecting the region for future...

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