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Tim Peterson

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Legal Update

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The president's proclamations are a profound display of disrespect toward indigenous people, and we believe he lacks the authority under the Antiquities Act to unravel our national monuments. Following the five tribes, we filed a lawsuit alongside other conservation groups and outdoor businesses. We're bracing for a lengthy court battle over Trump’s monument boundaries for years to come.

Lands stripped of protection

Tim Peterson
Tim Peterson
Tim Peterson
Jonathan Bailey
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Jonathan Bailey
Tim Peterson
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Bears Ears - what you can do

Bears Ears - what you can do
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What you can do

While the court sorts out Trump’s illegal reductions, you can speak up for Bears Ears. Here’s how:

The Bureau of Land Management has been instructed to forge ahead and create new plans detailing the management of our shrunken monuments. The agency’s draft management plans prioritize off-road vehicle use, cattle grazing, and logging over the protection of cultural and historical resources, wildlife habitat, fossils, and wild lands.

Learn more about the BLM's plans and submit your own comments by the November 15, 2018 deadline.

What's at risk

What's at risk

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The original Bears Ears National Monument encompassed some of our country’s finest cultural resources, spanning 12,000 years of human history, as well as fragile historic sites and yet-to-be studied fossil sites. Now fragmented into two units, the shrunken boundaries leave more than a million acres of previously protected land vulnerable to mining, drilling, and irresponsible off-road vehicle use.

Map of active mining claims in Bears Ears

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Bears Ears - mining
Tim Peterson

Monument reductions about mining

What were the real motivations behind shrinking Bears Ears? Mining. Government documents show that oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium deposits were central to the president’s boundary revisions.

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Bears Ears - daneros
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Uranium mining near Bears Ears

The Daneros uranium mine lies three miles from the original boundaries of 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 ›

On the ground work (section title)

On-the-ground work
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Bears Ears discovery

We’re helping to responsibly connect people from all walks of life to this remarkable place. Through facilitating and guiding field tours for journalists, students, and cultural leaders, we’re helping people better understand our shared history at Bears Ears. We’re also producing a book of photographs and essays about Bears Ears to help empower new advocates for restoring protections.

 

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Spring surveys

Springs support pockets of life here in the arid Southwest. In Bears Ears, they provide water for plants, animals, and people, and they are central to native cultures on the Colorado Plateau.

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We are assessing the condition of springs throughout Bears Ears National Monument, both inside and outside the shrunken boundaries. Our surveys will help identify management needs and restoration potential. Join us in the field ›

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

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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 - polls
Tim Peterson

Americans love Bears Ears

Poll after poll shows that Americans love national monuments. During Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s monument review in 2017, more than 2.8 million people wrote comments in defense of Bears Ears. A sampling of all comments received through the government’s portal found that 98.2 percent of people “expressed support for national monument designations, while less than 2 percent expressed opposition to monument designations.” Bears Ears is so loved because it's a place of discovery where everyone has a story to tell. Take a look at one of them ›

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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

11/1/18

Cliff dwellings, rock art, and other cultural resources in Bears Ears National Monument need protections now, not later.

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09/18/18

You have until November 15, 2018 to stand up for cultural resources in Bears Ears National Monument.

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09/11/18

The 2017 reduction of Bears Ears National Monument puts Chacoan great roads and great houses at risk of destruction.

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