Coalition Updates


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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