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3/22/2017

article New ad campaign takes aim at rescinding Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- A website and advertisement campaign launched this week is taking aim at rescinding Bears Ears National Monument, emphasizing the impact the monument has on...

3/20/2017

article Native Americans prepare to battle Trump over Utah national monument
(Utah) -- When word came down on Dec. 28 that President Barack Obama had created a 1.35 million-acre national monument called Bears Ears, Jonah Yellowman celebrated. So...

3/18/2017

article Tribal group says elimination of Bears Ears would be tragic
(Utah) -- Members of a newly formed tribal advisory commission for the Bears Ears National Monument reminded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter Friday that his...

3/17/2017

article Patagonia celebrates Bears Ears National Monument with 360-degree interactive films
(Utah) -- For years, Patagonia worked to protect natural land across the United States. Since 2013, it’s mainly focused on Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and...
article Tribal group says elimination of Bears Ears would be tragic
(Utah) -- Members of a newly formed tribal advisory commission for the Bears Ears National Monument reminded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter Friday that his...

3/13/2017

article Overturning Bears Ears an uphill challenge, lawyers say
(Utah) -- Utah legislators and the San Juan County, Utah, commission are urging President Donald Trump to undo the controversial Bears Ears National Monument. But at a...

3/12/2017

article Uncovering the Controversy Behind Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Right before he left office, President Barack Obama set aside 1.3 million acres of land as the Bear Ears National Monument in Utah. This was a contentious move...

3/11/2017

article Bears Ears National Monument, sacred to native tribes, faces challenge to its status
(Washington) -- At the end of his second term, then-President Obama gratified a coalition of Western Native Americans by creating Bears Ears National Monument in...
article Overturning Bears Ears an uphill challenge, lawyers say
(Utah) -- Could the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah be overturned or decreased in size by the Trump administration? Utah legislators and the San Juan...

3/10/2017

article Bears Ears National Monument, sacred to native tribes, faces a challenge to its status
(Washington D.C.) -- At the end of his second term, then-President Obama gratified a coalition of Western Native Americans by creating Bears Ears National Monument in...
article Overturning Bears Ears an uphill challenge, lawyers say
(Utah) -- Could the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah be overturned or decreased in size by the Trump administration? Utah legislators and the San Juan...

3/8/2017

article The stunning way Patagonia is trying to defend threatened public lands
(Utah) -- Patagonia is ramping up efforts to protect the embattled Bears Ears National Monument through a series of stunning videos. The outdoor retailer released This...

2/28/2017

article Utah lawmakers seek to purchase Bears Ears land, take over management from feds
(Utah) -- Utah lawmakers are pursuing another piece of legislation targeting Bears Ears National Monument, this time proposing the state take over these archaeologically...

2/27/2017

article Facing 'ultimatum' in Outdoor Retailer call, Herbert said state and trade show must 'part ways'
(Utah) -- Faced with a choice between asking state leaders to back down from efforts to undo the Bears Ears Monument designation or lose the lucrative Outdoor Retailer...

2/23/2017

article Opinion: Zinke should stand with Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The battle over Bears Ears is far from over. Since former President Obama designated the Bears Ears National Monument at the end of December 2016, the Utah...

2/22/2017

article Chaffetz questions National Park tweet about Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz launched a probe into a tweet that a national park sent a day after then-President Barack Obama designated a new national...

2/21/2017

article New TV campaign launched to build support for Bears Ears (with video)
(Utah) -- A new statewide ad campaign aims to sell Utahns on the newly created Bears Ears National Monument. The ads, produced by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance,...

2/11/2017

article Op-ed: Tribes worked patiently for Bears Ears Monument, and it should endure
(Utah) -- The past few weeks have been troubling for our tribes (Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Mountain Ute and Zuni), which are formally joined in a union of governments as the...

2/8/2017

article Jay Evensen: Bears Ears struggle typifies what's wrong with American politics
(Utah) -- The legislative committee’s vote was a foregone conclusion, even before the emotional testimony started last week. A resolution calling on President...

2/6/2017

article Utah Representative Wants Bears Ears Gone And He Wants Trump To Do It
(Utah) -- Republicans want to eliminate one of the nation's newest national monuments. Former President Barack Obama created the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National...

2/5/2017

article Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $1.5 million to Bears Ears’ Fund
(Utah) -- "We'll use these philanthropic funds to continue our tradition of preparing for the next seven generations and to protect this treasure for all...

2/2/2017

article Battle Lines Form as Trump Sets Sights on Bears Ears
(Washington D.C.) -- As President Donald Trump’s administration takes shape, many of those who celebrated the designation of Bears Ears National Monument earlier...

1/31/2017

article Poll: Utahns divided over Bears Ears, land-transfer lawsuit
(Utah) -- With protesters noisily chanting nearby Tuesday, Republican lawmakers passed controversial resolutions seeking to erase the new Bears National Monument and...
article VIDEO: Utah House urges Trump to undo Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- The Utah House sent a strongly worded message to the Trump administration Tuesday to undo the new Bears Ears National Monument. Supermajority Republicans...

1/30/2017

article Utah House GOP Leaders Back Resolution To Undo Bears Ears
(Utah) -- With the arrival of a new administration in the White House, Utah Republicans are looking to undo the Bears Ears monument designation made by President Barack...

1/28/2017

article 'No space, no light between shoulder-to-shoulder opposition' on Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Utah's GOP legislators pressed the accelerator on a pair of anti-monument resolutions that ask President Donald Trump to rescind the 2016 Bears Ears...

1/27/2017

article Trump is eager to undo sacred tribal monument, says Orrin Hatch
(Utah) -- President Trump is “eager to work with” Republican lawmakers on undoing new federal protections for Bears Ears, a sacred tribal site in Utah,...

1/26/2017

article Resolutions filed in the Utah House to repeal Bears Ears, shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments
(Utah) -- Two top Republicans in the state House have filed resolutions urging President Donald Trump to take action on a pair of national monuments in Utah. In a rare...

1/25/2017

article Navajo, Ute, Hopi Tribal Leaders Fight To Have A Voice In Bears Ears Management
(Utah) -- At a recent Bears Ears celebration in Monument Valley, high-ranking Navajo, Ute and Hopi tribal leaders vowed to continue their political fight to give Native...

1/23/2017

article My view: Native Americans deserve a chance to lead
(Utah) -- For the first time in 200 years, Native Americans in Utah have won a political victory. Bears Ears is protected and we are overjoyed. Over 500 people joined us...

1/20/2017

article Forgotten rock-art panel attracting attention in Bluff
(Utah) -- A recently rediscovered rock-art panel at the San Island Campground near Bluff, Utah, is now within the new Bears Ears National Monument. The ancient...

1/17/2017

article Trump’s pick for Secretary of Interior grilled over Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- The fight over Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah found its way into the confirmation hearing Tuesday for Secretary of Interior...
article Commentary: Obama monuments preserve our shared heritage
(New Mexico) -- As President Obama ends eight years in office, one of the highlights of his time as president has been his commitment to preserving and protecting public...

1/13/2017

article Tribes celebrate designation of Bears Ears Monument
(Colorado) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye applauded more than 400 supporters and tribal leaders who gathered at the Monument Valley Welcome Center on Saturday...

1/11/2017

article Part 2: The Argument For And Against Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Mark Maryboy has been a key Bears Ears consultant for Utah Dine Bikeyah and the five tribe coalition. I spoke with him at the Twin Rocks Café in Bluff. “...

1/9/2017

article Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty. Will Trump Undo It?
(California) -- Seven years ago, the Navajo tribal council in southeastern Utah started mapping the secret sites where medicine men and women forage for healing plants...

1/8/2017

article Hundreds Turn Out for Celebration of Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- “It’s a great day to celebrate,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye told more than 400 grassroots supporters and esteemed tribal leaders who gathered at...

1/6/2017

article CU's Charles Wilkinson played role in Bears Ears National Monument designation
(Colorado) -- When President Barack Obama officially designated a large swath of land in southeastern Utah to be the Bears Ears National Monument last week, Charles...

1/5/2017

article Opinion: How we can protect the Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The Bears Ears has been “protected.” Finally, Native American voices will be heard in this land of their ancestors, and their wisdom used to manage...
article The Visionary Activist Show – Bears Ears Victory
(California) -- Bill Hedden is Executive Director of the Grand Canyon Trust, under his leadership the organization has led in developing ecologically sensible forest...
article Celebration planned for Bears Ears … but not everyone’s happy
(Utah) -- The Obama administration trumpeted its track record in collaborating with Native American tribes Monday, buffing the administration’s legacy after last...

1/2/2017

article Governor ready to fight if Obama creates monument
(Arizona) -- Gov. Doug Ducey is threatening legal action if President Obama sets aside 1.7 million acres of public lands in Arizona for a new Greater Grand Canyon...
article Navajo Leader Says Native Americans Worked 80 Years For National Monument
(Utah) -- MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now let's talk about what could be one of President Obama's last major decisions before leaving office. The president created two...
article Obama Designates 1.35 Million Acres in Utah to Protect Native Lands
(Utah) -- In yet another move meant to cement his legacy as an environmental advocate, President Obama recently designated 1.35 million acres of land in Utah for a new...

1/1/2017

article Inside Obama’s decision to name the Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Interior Department and the National Park Service thought they had found an undeniable gem of treasured lands that deserved protection:...
article LETTER: Preserving Bears Ears
(Utah) -- I applaud President Obama for creating Bears Ears National Monument, the first-ever proposed by Native Americans. The area contains magnificent geological...
article LETTER: Bears Ears monument designated at last
(Utah) -- To the editor: As the congressional session came to a close, so did the opportunity for Congress to come up with a plan for one of the nation’s most...
article LETTER: New monument will benefit generations
(Utah) -- To the editor: Why I am happy today? With all the terrible headlines I have been getting in my newsfeed today, I truly appreciate the courage of President...
article Opinion: A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
(Colorado) -- Even before President Obama uncapped his pen on Wednesday to sign a proclamation creating the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah’s political figures...
article Our view: National monuments a worthy use for public lands
(Missouri) -- The ink hadn’t even dried on the latest national monument designations when opponents threatened lawsuits and legislation, their threats reflecting a...

12/31/2016

article GOPs Slam Obama's 'Arrogant' Designation of Utah Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) slammed President Obama's designation of a 1.35 million-acre national monument in southeastern Utah this week as "...
article Natives see designation of two new U.S. national monuments as victory but fear Trump will undo deal
(Utah) -- President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monuments designations on lands in Utah and Nevada...
article Tribal commission to get say on lands
(Utah) -- American Indians who have long bemoaned their lack of participation in federal land decisions were glad when President Barack Obama designated a new national...
article Tribes get say in land management but worry about Trump
(Utah) -- Native Americans who have long bemoaned their lack of participation in federal land decisions scored a major victory when President Barack Obama designated a...
article Ute Indian Tribe Praises President Obama’s Protection of Bears Ears Sacred Landscape
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe’s Business Committee celebrates the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument as an important step forward in the protection...

12/30/2016

article San Juan County locals rip Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- There's a new saying in San Juan County that is being echoed loudly around the state by critics of a move that President Barack Obama made on Wednesday:...
article Utah Republicans Threaten To Sue Obama For The Right To Destroy Native American Lands
(Utah) -- On Wednesday, President Obama issued an order setting aside 1.35 million acres of land in Southern Utah for the Bears Ears National Monument. According to the...
article MORON ALERT: Bears Ears And The Ecologically Noble Savage
(Washington D.C.) -- By designating the Bears Ears National Monument, which encompasses 1.35 million acres in southeast Utah, this week President Obama is unfortunately...

12/29/2016

article Anger and celebration in Utah’s Four Corners area over Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- The canyon is eerily quiet and the blue sky is a stark contrast to the red rock. On a rock face, ancient petroglyphs tell the story of a people long gone....
article Bears Ears a go — but here’s where Obama drew the line
(Utah) -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, culminating an eight-decade-long effort to increase...
article Bears Ears, Jigsaw Piece In Southeastern Utah's National Park Landscape, Declared National Monument
(Utah) -- Bears Ears, a 1.35-million-acre rugged redrock landscape rich in Native American history and lore, was declared a national monument Wednesday by President...
article Native People are Celebrating the New Bears Ears National Monument; Climbers are Rejoicing Too
(Utah) -- There can only be one Yosemite. But if Yosemite had a more wild, shorter, red-haired sibling it would undoubtedly be Indian Creek. Thankfully, geological...
article Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Obama’s Monument Designation at Bears Ears: ‘A Slap in the Face to the People of Utah’
(Utah) -- The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unleashed a cannonade of criticism upon President Barack Obama Wednesday after the...
article Tribes get say in land management but worry about Trump
(Utah) -- Native Americans who have long bemoaned their lack of participation in federal land decisions scored a victory when President Barack Obama designated a new...
article WEINHOLTZ: President Obama listened to tribes while Utah pols failed
(Utah) -- Thank you, President Obama, for designating Bears Ears National Monument in Utah for all Americans. These extraordinary public lands are home to more than 100,...
article Overturning Bears Ears Is a Long Shot, But That Doesn't Mean Republicans Won't Try
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, December 28, President Obama advanced his eleventh-hour efforts to protect the environment by creating the 1.35-million-acre Bears...

12/28/2016

article A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Even before President Obama uncapped his pen Dec. 28, to sign a proclamation creating the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah’s political figures, from...
article Fight on over Bears Ears monument in Utah
(Utah) -- Angry Utah leaders are vowing to do everything within their power to unravel President Barack Obama's Wednesday designation of a new national monument in...
article Obama Declares Bears Ears National Monument While Utah Lawmakers Pledge Fight
(Utah) -- Retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is getting one last victory from President Barack Obama. But the Nevada Democrat's joy will surely be met with...
article ‘Monumental!’ Obama preserves Bears Ears
(Utah) -- President Barack Obama has designated the Bears Ears buttes in southern Utah as a national monument with 1.35 million acres of protected Federal Land.
article Obama designates monuments, protects federal land in Utah, Nevada
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated over 1.6 million acres of land in Utah and Nevada as national monuments, protecting two areas rich in...

12/22/2016

article State Leaders Propaganda Spin on Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The entire Utah DC Delegation, the Legislative Majority and all of Utah's statewide elected officials have come out supporting 'protection' of...

12/19/2016

article Unprecedented protests to support, oppose Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Hundreds of people gathered at two separate press conferences at the State Capitol Monday to protest in support and to oppose the proposed Bears Ears National...
article Utah attorney general, governor say they'd sue over monument
(Utah) -- Utah's Republican governor and attorney general said Monday the state will sue if President Barack Obama names a new national monument in Utah. Attorney...

12/18/2016

article Letter: Utah wonders should become park
(Utah) -- I want to thank The Free Lance–Star for the story in Sunday’s Travel section, [“Exploring ancient ruins elevates hiking in Utah,” Dec....
article Op-ed: Bears Ears Monument runs counter to American ideals
(Utah) -- Earlier this week, news broke that President Barack Obama intends to lock up wide swaths of Utah's public lands by designating 1.4 to 1.9 million acres as...

12/17/2016

article An Ears Full / "Public Lands or Tribal Lands" panel discusses Bears Ears designation.
(Utah) -- Criticizing Utah's elected officials, a Moab conservationist says failure by Congress to pass protection at Bears Ears has necessitated a national monument...

12/16/2016

article Utah Republicans say they worry Utah monument is looming
(Washington D.C.) -- Two Utah congressmen and Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday said they worry President Barack Obama will use the waning days of his administration to name...

12/14/2016

article Rumors and rumblings over Bears Ears monument run rampant
(Utah) -- Members of Utah's congressional delegation and Gov. Gary Herbert took to social media Wednesday and will participate in an extended news conference...

12/12/2016

article SENATOR LEE: Why Obama shouldn’t unilaterally declare a Bears Ears monument
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama and I haven’t always seen eye to eye on public policy. But what many don’t know is that we’ve also agreed, and...

12/7/2016

article Tribes Call On Obama To Make Bears Ears A National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- The Antiquities Act of 1906 offers legal protections for cultural and natural resources on public lands. In his last days in office, President...

12/1/2016

article Obama Could Still Make Bears Ears A Monument
(Utah) -- In his last days in office President Obama still has the power to make significant changes to the Southwest. Obama has already used the 1906 Antiquities Act to...

11/8/2016

article The Battle for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- A pair of buttes surrounded by grasses and wildflowers in a quiet corner of San Juan County seems an unlikely stage for conflict, but the fate of Bears Ears...

10/30/2016

article Op-ed: Joint management of Bears Ears with tribes? Australia, Canada have done it
(Utah) -- On Oct. 21, the Department of the Interior released a secretarial order encouraging cooperative land management partnerships between federal agencies and...

10/21/2016

article Ute Tribe targets Rep. Rob Bishop over land dispute
(Utah) -- The Ute Tribe has created a political action committee and funded it with $100,000, all earmarked for a campaign to defeat First District Congressman Rob...

10/20/2016

article Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election
(Utah) -- The 2016 election cycle is one of the strangest on record, as Mark Trahant frequently reports, and one group is trying to help ensure Native issues don't...
article Ute Tribe declares political war with Rep. Rob Bishop
(Utah) -- Notable Ute wars included the Walker War of 1853-54, the Black Hawk War of 1865-72 and the Posey War of 1923. Now add to the list the tribe's political war...

10/19/2016

article Navajo Nation opposes bill that reduces share of trust revenues
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation is taking a stand against a controversial bill that a fellow tribe has slammed as a "modern day Indian land grab."

10/6/2016

article Bears Ears Alternative Moves Into House of Representatives as Opponents Cry Land Grab
(Utah) -- A congressional bill touted as an alternative to the Bears Ears proposal, an intertribal request to designate nearly two million acres of land as a national...

10/4/2016

article Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress is on break but the House Committee on Natural Resources will be at work at a field hearing on Tuesday. The hearing takes place in Santa Fe...
article County says Bears Ears Coalition has no jurisdiction
(Utah) -- The San Juan County Commission approved a resolution on October 4 regarding the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition proposal to create the Bears Ears National...

10/3/2016

article Ute Mountain Utes nudge Obama on monument and water
(Washington D.C.) -- Ute Mountain Ute leaders traveled to Washington this week to attend President Barack Obama’s eighth annual White House Tribal Nations...

10/1/2016

article Letter: Public lands process excluded the public
(Utah) -- Once again, the Utah congressional delegation is about to fail in its effort to pass a public lands bill for Utah. Why are they failing? Because they keep...

9/30/2016

article Pyle: Utah politicians think Navajo officials are bought and paid for. Just like them.
(Utah) -- Mark Maryboy began with an apology. He was sorry, he said, if he wasn't able to hear all the questions The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board might put to...

9/29/2016

article Ute Mountain Utes nudge Obama on monument and water
(Utah) -- Ute Mountain Ute leaders traveled to Washington this week to attend President Barack Obama’s eighth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference.

9/28/2016

article Ute Tribe continues battle against 'modern day Indian land grab'
(Utah) -- The Ute Tribe continues to garner support for efforts to stop a "modern day Indian land grab" from moving forward. Chairman Shaun Chapoose is in...

9/26/2016

article Some Navajo join lawmakers opposing Bears Ears national monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation locals joined Utah lawmakers on September 21 to express opposition to any attempt to designate land around the Bears Ears site in...
article Southern Utes stand with Standing Rock protest
(Colorado) -- Southern Ute tribal member Shelly Thompson took a carload of blankets, jackets and other supplies last week to the thousands of Native Americans camped out...

9/24/2016

article Utah’s Native Tribes Want Jobs, Not Federal Paternalism
(Utah) -- “The locals would not have a voice anymore,” worries Clayton Long, a Navajo Indian and teacher in San Juan County, Utah. He’s referring to a...

9/23/2016

article Ute Tribe rejects state’s plan for reservation lands
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe says it's severing ties with Utah trust-lands managers over Rep. Rob Bishop's proposal to trade 100,000 acres of public land...

9/22/2016

article Bishop's Public Lands Initiative advances from committee
(Washington D.C.) -- Six amendments to gut many provisions of the Public Lands Initiative by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, failed before the U.S. House Committee on Natural...
article Utah leaders visit DC to argue against proposed monument
(Washington) -- Utah's governor and some members of the Navajo Nation are bringing their argument against a proposed national monument to Washington. The Salt Lake...

9/21/2016

article Some Navajo join lawmakers opposing Bears Ears national monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation locals joined Utah lawmakers Wednesday to express opposition to any attempt to designate land around the Bears Ears site in...
article Utah congressmen propose ‘modern-day Indian land grab’
(Washington D.C.) -- The bill will not be presented to the House for a few more weeks, but the Ute Business Committee is already preparing to fight it. “The...

9/20/2016

article This Isn’t the First Time Cowboys Have Tried to Plunder 640 Million Acres of Public Land
(Utah) --  Cowboys and Indians are at it again. Americans who don’t live in the West may think that the historic clash of Native Americans and pioneering settlers...
article US Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years
(Utah) -- Two U.S. congresspeople will propose in the coming weeks a bill that would see thousands of acres of Indigenous lands turned into oil drilling zones. Two...

9/19/2016

article US Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years
(Washington D.C.) -- Two U.S. congresspeople will propose in the coming weeks a bill that would see thousands of acres of Indigenous lands turned into oil drilling zones.
article Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab'
(Washington D.C.) -- A controversial bill slammed by the Ute Tribe as a "modern day Indian land grab" is moving forward just days after an emotional hearing on...

9/17/2016

article DAILY CALLER: Native Americans Fight Federal Land Grab
(USA) -- A coalition of Native American tribes is mobilizing against an impending federal initiative to seize 1.9 million acres of land in southeast Utah.

9/16/2016

article Hatch, Lee propose exempting Utah from national monument designations
(Utah) -- Utah’s two Republican U.S. Senators are pushing to get the state exempted from any new designations under the Antiquities Act, just as President Barack...
article Ute Tribe Fears Indian Land Grab
(Utah) -- Utah officials have spent decades trying to enforce state and local law on the Ute Tribe’s Uintah and Ouray Reservation, but have been continually...

9/15/2016

article Utah Senators Introduce Antiquities Act Amendment to Stop Bears Ears
(Washington D.C.) -- Utah Senator Mike Lee along with Senator Orrin Hatch, have introduced a senate bill they refer to as the “Utah National Monument Parity Act....

9/14/2016

article Meet Native Americans Fighting Obama’s Push to Conserve Public Land
(Utah) -- The latest front in a debate over the reach of U.S. control of federal land is a 1.9 million-acre retreat of mesas and canyons located in Utah’s poorest...
article Ute Tribe: Utah Republican pushes modern day Indian land grab
(Utah) -- The following is a statement from the Ute Tribe on H.R.5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act. A hearing on the controversial bill takes place on September...

9/12/2016

article House committee considers controversial Utah public lands bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Members of the House Natural Resources Committee are meeting on Wednesday to take testimony on a controversial bill that has drawn opposition from...

9/9/2016

article Bears Ears - Lands Initiative Controversy Heads To Congress Next Week
(Utah) -- A congressional committee takes a look on Thursday at the Utah Public Lands Initiative, the proposal billed as an alternative to a Bears Ears National Monument...

9/8/2016

article Rolly: The good, bad and ugly of attitudes toward Native Americans
(Utah) -- My neighbor, a full-blooded Ute, relayed an experience he had recently that is worth reporting. He and his sister were at Smith's Food and Drug, 845 E....

9/7/2016

article Utah Gov. Herbert hints he could pitch plan to protect Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Gov. Gary Herbert will travel to Washington in the next few weeks to meet with Obama administration officials, and he hinted Wednesday that he may take with...

8/28/2016

article Op-ed: National parks have evolved, and Bears Ears would be part of that evolution
(Utah) -- This week the nation has celebrated the centennial of our national park system, widely regarded, in Wallace Stegner's immortal words, as "America'...

8/20/2016

article Op-ed: Utahns want Bears Ears monument? Not the ones I surveyed
(Utah) -- A new poll shows that the majority of Utahns oppose the president naming Bears Ears region as a new national monument. Coincidence that this statement rings...

8/15/2016

article National monument proposals seek Obama’s OK before he leaves office
(Washington D.C.) -- The race is on to win President Barack Obama’s attention as he puts some final touches on his environmental legacy. Conservation groups,...

8/12/2016

article Bishop wants tribes to co-manage Bears Ears region
(Utah) -- Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said he likes the idea of Native American tribes co-managing the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah and is working to incorporate...

8/9/2016

article Local group organizes opposition to Bears Ears proposal
(Utah) -- A group of San Juan County residents has assumed the daunting task of stopping the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. After just three weeks of intense...

8/5/2016

article Leading Utah & US Businesses Show Strong Backing for a Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Fifteen leading companies attending the Outdoor Retailer Show, many from Utah, expressed support for a national monument designation for the Bears Ears area in...

8/4/2016

article Big money, environmentalists and the Bears Ears story
(Utah) -- In October 2014, a group of people sat around a table and discussed their campaign to bring a monument designation to southeast Utah for the region they called...
article Industry trumpets support for Bears Ears monument at Outdoor Retailer
(Utah) -- Casting wildlands as the backbone of Utah's economic future, outdoor industry leaders Thursday joined a chorus of groups calling on President Barack Obama...

8/3/2016

article BLOG: Utah Monument Fight Pits Native Americans Against Land-Use Militants
(Utah) -- By all accounts, the looting was terrible. Across the Southwest a century ago, thousand-year-old Native American granaries were pillaged by clay pot hunters....

8/1/2016

article Bears Ears Monument Will Protect Our Heritage, Boost Economic Growth
(Utah) -- The Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition — which we lead — has argued consistently that the protection of national public lands is important...
article Last Day to Comment on Uranium Mine Expansion in Proposed Bears Ears Monument
(Utah) -- Today is the last day the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will accept public comment about a proposal to expand the Daneros uranium mine in southern Utah. The...

7/28/2016

article Opponents of proposed Bears Ears monument dominate hearing
(Utah) -- Hundreds of people who oppose the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah showed up at a Senate field hearing to voice their displeasure for...

7/27/2016

article Senator Lee’s Field Hearing is One-sided, PLI leaves Bears Ears vulnerable
(Utah) -- Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) is holding a field hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in Blanding, Utah ostensibly on the Utah Public...

7/21/2016

article Bears Ears designation concerns draw large crowds at Bluff
(Utah) -- During a four-day tour of southeastern Utah that included a stop in Grand County, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell held a well-attended public meeting in...
article Natives divided over Bears Ears proposal
(Utah) -- Cheering and booing punctuated talks and public comment during a packed meeting Saturday hosted by two Obama administration officials who heard emotional...

7/20/2016

article The Fight for Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Even as art heists go, it was brazen. Armed with rock saws and chisels, the thieves snuck into the redrock backcountry outside Bluff, Utah, earlier this year...

7/19/2016

article Navajo Council members support Bears Ears coalition in Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- On July 6, Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates, Council Delegate Davis Filfred, and Council Delegate Walter Phelps accompanied the Bears Ears Inter-...

7/18/2016

article Interior leader holds meeting about monument at Native American site
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell heard emotional statements this weekend from both sides of a divisive proposal to create a national monument at a sacred Native...
article Make Utah site monument, tribes urge
(Utah) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell heard emotional statements Saturday from both sides of a divisive proposal to create a national monument at a sacred...
article Tribes Ready for Bears Ears Monument Fight
(Utah) -- Southwestern Native American tribes, including the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe, are getting ready for a battle over protecting 1.9 million acres in Utah. The...

7/16/2016

article Interior leader hears from public on monument proposal
(Utah) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell heard emotional statements Saturday from both sides of a divisive proposal to create a national monument at a sacred...
article Jewell 'shocked' at lack of protection for Bears Ears cultural resources
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell stood in a circle surrounded by leaders of five Native American tribes, medicine men and women, their children and families and...
article More Than 700 Archaeologists Urge Obama to Protect Bear Ears Cultural Landscape
(Utah) -- As the nation marks the 110th anniversary of the Antiquities Act, more than 700 archaeologists have signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to...

7/15/2016

article American Indians, environmentalists call to preserve sacred land in Utah
(Utah) -- There are an estimated 100,000 archaeological sites within a 1.9-million acre area of Utah’s red rock country that a coalition of American Indian tribes...
article As Interior secretary tours sacred tribal site, Utah Republicans push to protect it
(Utah) -- Utah Republican lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would protect 1.4 million acres of a sacred Native American site in the state’s southeast...
article Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gets another side of the Bears Ears story on Day 3 in Utah
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that the administration wants to protect a culturally significant area of southeastern Utah before President Barack...
article Native American coalition pushes for monument to protect Utah site
(Utah) -- Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah....
article Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah
(Utah) -- Tribes in the Southwest are gearing up for a major political battle as they seek to protect 1.9 million acres of sacred and ancestral sites in Utah. In a...

7/14/2016

article As Interior secretary tours sacred tribal site, Utah Republicans push to protect it
(Washington D.C.) -- Utah Republican lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would protect 1.4 million acres of a sacred Native American site in the state’s...
article Can a trove of Native American ruins be saved from eBay and ‘white people’ ideology?
(Utah) -- When I asked Josh Ewing, my tour guide through the countless Native American ruin sites nestled in the remote cliffsides of southeastern Utah, about the...
article Editorial: Bears Ears may finally get the protection it so clearly deserves
(Utah) -- Cedar Mesa, Dark Canyon, Grand Gulch and Valley of the Gods are all places with names that evoke the almost mythical natural landscape familiar to many...
article Push to Create Utah Monument Marks Latest Western Land Fight
(Utah) -- Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah.
article The Latest: House bill blocking monuments faces veto threat
(Utah) -- The Latest on a push for a new national monument in Utah (all times local): 4:40 p.m. House Republicans have passed a spending bill that could block a new...
article Top Obama officials head to Bluff for Bears Ears meeting
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other top officials from the Obama administration will host a public meeting in Bluff, Utah, on Saturday, July 16 to...

7/12/2016

article Bears Ears controversy ramps up with Jewell's visit, Bishop's planned legislation
(Utah) -- The proposed 1.4 million acres of the Bears Ears region contained in a massive public lands bill being unveiled this week would actually be split in two, with...

7/11/2016

article Interior chief headed to Utah amid divisions over proposed monument
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is traveling to Utah this week amid divisions over a proposal for a new national monument to protect land in the state. Jewell...

7/3/2016

article Proposed Utah Monument The Latest Flashpoint In Fight Over Western Land
(Utah) -- Tribes in Utah have proposed a new Bears Ears National Monument spanning nearly 2 million acres. But some locals and Utah political leaders are fighting the...

6/30/2016

article The Battle for Indian Creek: Bears Ears, Rob Bishop & the Access Fund
(Utah) -- From high above the rusted desert, Canyonlands looked vacant, boundless and wide-open. Massive rock formations down on the sandy floor—jagged cliffs,...

6/20/2016

article Archaeologists petition Obama for monument
(New Mexico) -- How a 1.9 million-acre parcel in southeast Utah dotted with archaeological and historical sites is managed has been a source of contention for years.
article BLOG: Hundreds of Archaeologists Sign on to Protect Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Over 700 archaeologists have signed their name to a letter addressed to President Barack Obama which urges him to protect the almost 2 million acres of land in...

6/18/2016

article Conflict may follow Obama declaring Utah land a national monument
(Utah) -- For centuries, humans have used the red sandstone canyons here as a way to mark their existence. First came archaic hunter-gatherers who worked in Glen Canyon...
article Would Bears Ears monument hinder or protect Native American religion?
(Utah) -- Native American supporters of the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County say they believe a tailored proclamation issued by President Barack...

6/17/2016

article Archaeologists Sign Petition in Support of Utah Monument
(Utah) -- Utah Public Radio reports that the Hopi, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Uintah and Ouray Ute, and Zuni tribal nations have proposed a 1.9 million acre national...
article NEW YORK TIMES: Monuments for Future Generations
(Utah) -- President Obama’s visits this weekend to Carlsbad Caverns and Yosemite national parks give him a timely opportunity to think about how, in the twilight...

6/15/2016

article Bishop staffer: Push for Bears Ears monument is 'dishonest'
(Utah) -- The key staffer for Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, working on the Public Lands Initiative said the push for the Bears Ears National Monument is "dishonest...
article Newest poll shows Utahns still divided on Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- New polling indicates Utah voters are divided starkly over whether a Bears Ears National Monument should be designated for the archaeologically rich landscape...

6/14/2016

article Bears Ears Advocates Accuse Opponents of ‘Dirty Tricks’
(Utah) -- Groups advocating national monument status for the Bears Ears region of Utah say opponents are using false information and veiled threats to intimidate local...

6/13/2016

article Bears Ears Cultural Area: The Most Vulnerable U.S. Site for Looting, Vandalism, and Grave Robbing
(Utah) -- One of America’s most archeologically and culturally rich yet unprotected areas is experiencing an onslaught of looting, vandalism, and grave robbing. A...

6/11/2016

article Tribes call for collaborative management of Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- The Bears Ears, two buttes on the horizon rise above Cedar Mesa in southeastern Utah, lend their name to the surrounding landscape. Five federally recognized...
article Utah Native American tribes disagree on monument
(Utah) -- There continues to be some disagreement among Native American tribes in Utah over the proposed creation of the Bears Ears National Monument, although tribes...
article Utah Tribal Leaders association votes 6-1 in favor of Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- The Utah Tribal Leaders association is showing its support for creating a Bears Ears National Monument. Official representatives for seven of Utah’s...

6/7/2016

article Editorial: Lies only make a stronger case for Bears Ears Monument
(Utah) -- This is far from the first time that offensive efforts to support a political position have won no friends and redoubled the resolve of opponents. No, this is...

6/6/2016

article A Battle Over 1.9M Acres: Inside the Fight for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- A May poll of 500 registered Utah voters found 68% of them hadn't heard about the Bears Ears proposal—an effort by members of five Native American...

6/5/2016

article A major Native American site is being looted. Will Obama risk armed conflict to save it?
(Utah) -- For centuries, humans have used the red sandstone canyons here as a way to mark their existence. First came archaic hunter-gatherers who worked in Glen Canyon...
article Forged letters mislead Utah residents about Native American land proposal
(Utah) -- Forged letters and flyers appearing at gas stations and post offices in tribal lands in Utah are spreading false information about a proposal to create a...

6/3/2016

article Hatch, Herbert optimistic over no new monument designation for Utah
(Utah) -- Against the backdrop of the jutting formations known as the Bears Ears Buttes, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, hugged a local Navajo medicine woman and promised to...
article Monument plan a grass-roots movement, supporters say
(Utah) -- Tragedy and betrayal populate the history of the Navajo people, who were forced from their homeland in the 1860s by a federal government that treated them as a...
article ‘Utah Navajos, Stay Away From Our Party’: Monument Opponents Post Flyer To Antagonize Native Locals
(Utah) -- In an apparent attempt to intimidate and mislead members of the Navajo Nation, a forged government news release has appeared on bulletin boards across Southern...

6/2/2016

article Fight Over Bears Ears National Monument: Now Featuring Forged Federal Documents!
(Utah) -- Just north of the Arizona border in San Juan County, Utah, copies of phony documents have been turning up at gas stations and post offices, aimed at local...
article Senator Hatch speaks out on Bears Ears National Monument proposal
(Utah) -- Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah is meeting with Utah Governor Gary Herbert at the Natural Bridge National Monument in southeastern Utah Thursday to discuss the...

5/28/2016

article Push on to protect Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Five tribes whose ancestors once hunted the canyon country of eastern Utah, who their descendants say still haunt those rocks, have joined forces with unlikely...

5/25/2016

article Rolly: Bears Ears opponents posting phony fliers, letters to scare Utah Navajos
(Utah) -- Somebody is playing dirty tricks in San Juan County in an apparent attempt to turn American Indians against the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.

5/24/2016

article Letter: Bears Ears rally inspires, but hearing disappoints
(Utah) -- I attended the rally and hearing at the Utah State Capitol May 17 concerning support of Bears Ears National Monument. The rally inspired. Native Americans, in...

5/20/2016

article Bears Ears national monument: Herbert To Sign Resolution Against Bears Ears ‘Details’
(Utah) -- Governor Gary Herbert told reporters today at his monthly news conference that he plans to sign the resolution against creating a Bears Ears National Monument...

5/19/2016

article Navajos Voice Dissent for Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- With help from the organization Sutherland Institute, members of two chapters of the Navajo Nation have released a video in opposition to a plan that asks...
article Utah Governor Discusses Bears Ears Land in Monthly Press Conference
(Utah) -- Utah’s Republican-controlled Legislature has approved a resolution declaring opposition to a possible national monument in the Bears Ears area of...
article Utah lawmakers again decry possible Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- Utah's Republican-dominated Legislature trumpeted its opposition Wednesday to a possible national monument in the Bears Ears area of southeastern Utah.

5/18/2016

article Battle over Bears Ears intensifies in Utah
(Utah) -- Debate over a 1.9-million-acre national monument in southeast Utah is escalating this week as state lawmakers prepare to take up a formal resolution opposing...
article Governor, lawmakers, tribal members decry monument proposal
(Utah) -- A proposed national monument in the Bears Ears area of southeastern Utah will close off the area and block tribal members from using the land, said Gov. Gary...
article Utah Navajos speak against Bears Ears as a national monument
(Utah) -- In a new video released Tuesday, members of the Aneth and Oljato chapters of the Navajo Nation voice their opposition to the proposed designation of the Bears...

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