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Stand with Bears Ears

Stand with Bears Ears

Following Trump’s Executive Order to review over 20 years of national monument designations, the Department of Interior has announced a shockingly brief 15 day comment period on whether or not Bears Ears National Monument should continue to be protected.

These 1.35 million acres in southeastern Utah were proposed by an unprecedented coalition of five Tribal Nations. When President Obama designated Bears Ears in December, a tribal commission was created to provide input on the management of the monument as part of the protections. Now the fate of these lands is uncertain.

Bears Ears is vital to tribal communities across the Colorado Plateau as a place of subsistence, spirituality, and healing. These lands are home to tens of thousands of important cultural sites, including the cliff dwellings, villages, and rock art panels of the Ancestral Puebloan people. This magnificent landscape, rich in biodiversity and of critical importance to the Colorado River Basin upon which 40 million people rely, must remain pristine and accessible for generations to come.

Tell the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to ensure Bears Ears National Monument remains protected.

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Docket No. DOI-2017-0002
Bears Ears National Monument must be protected. For years, Tribal Nations with ancestral and spiritual ties to the 1.35 million acres that make up Bears Ears have fought to protect these lands. The value of Bears Ears lies in its long history as a sacred place for the Navajo, Hopi, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian, and Pueblo of Zuni. Bears Ears is vital to tribal communities across the Colorado Plateau as a place of subsistence, spirituality, and healing. These lands are home to tens of thousands of important cultural sites, including the cliff dwellings, villages, and rock art panels of the Ancestral Puebloan people. This magnificent landscape, rich in biodiversity and of critical importance to the Colorado River Basin upon which 40 million people rely, must remain pristine and accessible for generations to come. The Department of the Interior’s review of Bears Ears sets a dangerous precedent and undermines the rights of these Tribal Nations. On your first day as Secretary of the Interior, you said you would "do everything in my power to ensure respect to the sovereign Indian Nations and territories." Here is your first opportunity to do so. Please stand with Bears Ears.