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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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Patagonia has joined forces with members of the Bears Ears Coalition, including strong Navajo voices, to define the many practical and spiritual motivations for protecting this cultural landscape. In a Patagonia blog, Willie Grayeyes writes of the longstanding cultural ties of the Navajo to the region. Willie is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Utah Diné Bikéyah, a Navajo organization that has been involved since the...

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“Welcome home.” That was the message from the Navajo people to members of the Hopi, Zuni, Cochiti, Hualapai and Ute Mountain Utes, who gathered in Bluff, Utah last weekend for the first inter-tribal meeting to discuss the Native American-led effort to protect the Bears Ears. Meetings and introductions began on Friday afternoon, April 10, with discussions acknowledging the history and significance of the landscape to each of the tribes...

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We are excited to report that the Navajo Nation’s Naabik’i’ya’ti’ Committee unanimously voted to support permanent protection for the Bears Ears cultural landscape on March 12, 2015. Click here to read the Navajo Nation press release. Several other tribes have expressed support for protecting lands within the Bears Ears area, including the Hopi, Ute Mountain Ute, Hualapai, and 19 Pueblos nations of New...

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On November 29, 2014, the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG), a group representing 20 Pueblo Governors from New Mexico and Texas, met in Albuquerque, New Mexico and unanimously voted to support a resolution for the “permanent, long-term protection of cultural resources and sacred sites on public lands in the Greater Cedar Mesa (Utah) region through designation such as a National Conservation Area or a National Monument.”  ...

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