Your Voice is Needed to Protect Bears Ears – Act By May 26!
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and Utah Diné Bikéyah are seeking your support in asking President Trump to continue to protect the Bears Ears landscape in southeastern Utah as a national monument that honors ancestral and contemporary Native American connections to the region under the authority of the Antiquities Act.
One of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes on earth, the Bears Ears region remains sacred to many Native Americans. In December 2016, President Obama designated Bears Ears a national monument, recognizing the site is home to more than 100,000 archaeological sites sacred to many tribes and pueblos in the southwestern United States. But on April 26, the current administration issued an Executive Order directing Interior Secretary Zinke to conduct a “Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act.” Bears Ears National Monument has been specificially targeted for expedited “review.” Following Secretary Zinke’s four-day visit to Utah, the Department of the Interior is now requesting public comments from the American people regarding the future of Bears Ears National Monument. All public comments on Bears Ears are due by Friday, May 26.
Your voice is needed now!
You can submit your public comment through Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and Utah Diné Bikéyah. Both of these organizations will be collecting comments to ensure they are submitted before the May 26 public-comment deadline.
The more voices the better. Be heard for Bears Ears, and act now!
To learn more about Bears Ears and its significance to many tribes in the Southwest, you can watch this video of Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Treasurer of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, explaining the importance of Bears Ears — https://vimeo.com/155179989. You can also read this article from Indian County Today — https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/politics/bears-ears-crosshairs-zinke/
If you want to submit your comments directly to the Interior Department, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar, and then click “Search.”
Twenty-six other monuments are also being reviewed, but the deadline for public comment on those is July 10, 2017. For more information and to see the list of other monuments under review, visit https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001
To see our earlier Action Alert about Bears Ears, go to http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5855/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1355710&_ga=2.167047422.1512286966.1495646049-518153197.1439509634