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Tim Peterson

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Map of 2021 monument proclamation boundaries

National Monuments - Thank President Biden

Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments are restored!

Newly protected lands

Tim Peterson
Tim Peterson
Tim Peterson
Jonathan Bailey
Tim Peterson
Jonathan Bailey
Tim Peterson
Jonathan Bailey

Our Work in Bears Ears

Our work in Bears Ears

Bears Ears - our work (Oct 2021)

With its boundaries restored, Bears Ears holds a future of healing, and we all have a part in that work. 

We have much to look forward to in Bears Ears — a new monument management plan and collaborative management between tribes, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. In the meantime, we continue our work to prevent Bears Ears from becoming a radioactive dumping ground and to stop uranium mining and oil and gas drilling on monument lands.

Bears Ears - Estonia waste

Bears Ears - Estonia waste
Tim Peterson

Keeping radioactive waste out of Bears Ears

Radioactive waste produced in Estonia and Japan could soon be shipped around the globe to a uranium mill next to Bears Ears and on the doorstep of the White Mesa Ute community.

Ask Utah regulators to protect the Bears Ears region ›

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Bears Ears - daneros
Tim Peterson

Uranium mining near Bears Ears

The Daneros uranium mine lies three miles from Bears Ears National Monument. Its owners are looking to expand the mine to more than 10 times its current size, increase uranium ore production by 400 percent, and extend the life of the mine by 13 years. We’re challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to allow this expansion of the Daneros uranium mine without conducting an in-depth environmental review. More on the case ›

About Bears Ears

About Bears Ears
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Bears Ears: A living landscape

Bears Ears is a landscape of stories — they’re etched in stone, sculpted in pottery, and cemented in cliff dwellings. They also live in the hearts of modern Indigenous people whose cultural connections have spanned across the region for millennia. We have a lot to learn. It’s time to listen.

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Bears Ears National Monument is more than a collection of artifacts. It’s a living landscape of people and cultures woven into its canyons, mesas, and cliffs. At Bears Ears, the past meets the present, and the present meets the future.

People of Bears Ears

Blake McCord
Blake McCord
Blake McCord
Blake McCord

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Unprecedented unity

In 2015, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition set aside their many differences and united to petition the Obama administration to protect public lands in southeastern Utah as Bears Ears National Monument. Led by the Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni nations, and supported by more than 250 tribes across America, the coalition’s successful proposal marks the first Native-driven national monument campaign in history and acknowledges that tribes — and all Americans — have a shared responsibility to preserve this world treasure.

Bears Ears is a different kind of national monument — where Native American traditional knowledge is a value to be protected and a resource to be used in day-to-day land management. President Obama’s proclamation laid out a framework for an intertribal commission to inform how federal agencies manage the monument by incorporating Native American traditional knowledge and Western science. It's the strongest example of federal and intertribal collaborative management in American law. Read more about the historic designation ›

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Bears Ears - Explore on foot (CPE)

Explore Bears Ears on foot

Cedar Mesa, Comb Ridge, and the Abajo Mountains offer truly unparalled opportunities to hike into rugged canyons, see archaeological sites, and enjoy solitude. See for yourself why Bears Ears deserves protection ›

Bears Ears Blog

10/8/21

Today, President Biden signed proclamations restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

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08/24/21

Five unique and significant places in Bears Ears that are deserving of protection.

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08/18/21

A uranium reserve would subsidize the uranium industry at the expense of the Grand Canyon, Bears Ears, and frontline communities.

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