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Bears Ears - Coalition

Bears Ears - Coalition
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A United Voice: Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition

Led by the Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray, and Navajo, and supported by over 25 tribes across the Southwest, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition formed in 2015 to urge the Obama administration to protect public lands in southeastern Utah as a Bears Ears National Monument. Their successful proposal marks the first tribally-driven national monument campaign in history and acknowledges that tribes—and all Americans—have a responsibility to preserve this world treasure.  Learn more ›

Bears Ears - Call to Action

Urge your senators to defend Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears - Ancestral Homelands

Bears Ears - Ancestral Homelands
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Ancestral Homelands

The Bears Ears cultural landscape includes ancestral homelands of tribes across the Colorado Plateau. Tribes have deeply rooted ties to the place, which has nurtured, strengthened, and sustained them for millennia. Tribal people depend on these public lands to maintain their traditional livelihoods and cultural practices, such as hunting, gathering, and ceremonial uses.

Bears Ears - Sites at Risk

Bears Ears - Sites at Risk
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Cultural, Sacred, Natural and Archaeological Sites at Risk

In addition to unique attachments to the land, tribal leaders share the concerns of the broader American public: looting of cultural sites, careless visitors, oil and gas development, potash, uranium and tar sands mining, and irresponsible off-road vehicle use that can permanently damage the land.  

Bears Ears - Our Role

Our Role

The Trust strives to elevate tribal voices and reinforce tribal sovereignty in land protection and management on the Colorado Plateau. We firmly support the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. When requested by tribes, we provide technical assistance and support to tribal officials, tribal programs, and cultural leaders leading the effort to permanently protect the Bears Ears. 

Bears Ears - Gov to Gov

Bears Ears - Gov to Gov
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Government-to-Government Relationship

Tribes have a unique legal and political relationship with the United States, outlined by the U.S. Constitution, treaties, court decisions, and federal statutes. Throughout the campaign to protect Bears Ears as a national monument, tribes worked with federal officials on a government-to-government level. Together, the tribes share a united vision for helping to manage the monument. The Trust stands behind the tribes in support of their vision. Learn more about our work with tribes ›

Bears Ears - Map

Bears Ears - Map
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You Can Help

On December 28, 2016, President Obama created Bears Ears National Monument, but there is still work to be done, from defending the monument and the Antiquities Act from attacks in Congress and the executive branch to ensuring a real and meaningful role for Native peoples in managing the new monument. Urge your senators to help ›

 

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Incredible views from every direction

The Bears Ears cultural landscape is home to a stunning diversity of landscapes. From high alpine peaks and forested plateaus to sinuous redrock canyons and gardens of sandstone monoliths, the Bears Ears is an unbroken natural tapestry.

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Bears Ears - Cultural Resources

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Cultural Resources

The Bears Ears region is an untapped library of thousands of years of human history. Urge your senators to defend Bears Ears National Monument and the Antiquities Act of 1906, which allowed for its creation. Take action ›

 

Bears Ears - Film Series

Bears Ears - Film Series
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Film Series

The Our Canyon Lands film series captures the unique stories and tribal perspectives on the Bears Ears. Artists, filmmakers, photographers and storytellers bring the tales of this cultural landscape to life in ways never before told.

Bears Ears Blog

04/25/17

President Trump has launched an assault on one of America’s most popular ideas — national monuments.

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04/5/17

Take a look at our new map showing a compelling snapshot of support from across the country!

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03/16/17

Good News for Bears Ears — the Grand Canyon Trust and partners win a stay on construction of new ATV routes!

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