Help Make 2016 the "Year of Bears Ears"
Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is seeking your support in asking
President Obama to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to protect the
Bears Ears landscape in southeastern Utah as a national monument that honors
ancestral and contemporary Native American connections to the region.
One of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes on earth, the Bears Ears
region remains sacred to many Native Americans. Home to more than 100,000
archaeological sites, the region is America’s most significant unprotected
cultural area. With dozens of scenic red rock canyons, alpine peaks, forested
plateaus and plentiful opportunities for solitude, Bears Ears is truly a place
worth protecting for future generations.
Yet looting, grave robbing, ignorant visitation, oil drilling, mining and
irresponsible motorized-vehicle use threaten to erase American history and
damage a truly remarkable cultural landscape forever.
The Bears Ears Coalition is seeking permanent protection as a national monument
for a landscape that should have been protected 100 years ago. The initial
members of the coalition are the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute
Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and the Ute Indian Tribe. A total of 25 tribes have
act now to call on President Obama to protect Bears Ears by signing the petition
By adding your voice, you'll be supporting the preservation of Bears Ears.
You can get some inspiration for action by watching this new video of Regina
Lopez-Whiteskunk, head councilwoman of Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, explaining the
importance of the Bears Ears. It's at
https://vimeo.com/155179989. She speaks on the importance of Bears
Ears and the Inter-Tribal Coalition's proposal.
Left: Manuel Heart, Ute Mountain Ute Chairman; LoRenzo Bates,
Navajo Nation Council Speaker; Alfred Lomahquahu, Hopi Vice Chairman; Phillip
Vicente, Zuni Head Councilman; Tony Small, Uinta and Ouray Ute Business Council;
Regina Lopez Whiteskunk, Ute Mountain Council; Malcolm Lehi, Ute Mountain
Council; Joseph Suina, former Governor, Pueblo of Cochiti