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Tribal group says elimination of Bears Ears would be tragic

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 agency must partner with them, and warned him that rescinding or shrinking the monument would be "absolute tragedies."

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12/17/2017

article Hopi, Zuni and Utes File Lawsuit to Protect Bears Ears
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump’s action to revoke and replace the Bears Ears National Monument is not only an attack on the five sovereign nations with deep...

12/16/2017

article Richards: National Monument Shrinking Undermines Native Voices
(Utah) -- On Dec. 4, eyes all across the nation were on Utah as Donald Trump arrived at the State Capitol. People waited anxiously for the President’s highly...

12/13/2017

article Uranium mill pressed Trump officials for Bears Ears reductions, records show
(Utah) -- Documents reveal coordinated effort by Colorado-based Energy Fuels Resources and Utah lawmakers to push U.S. energy security in urging lands be removed from...

12/12/2017

article Bears Ears monument downsized, tribes file lawsuit
(Utah) -- On Dec. 4, the Navajo Nation joined the Hopi Tribe, Zuni Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe and filed a legal challenge against the...
article Co-management proposal for Bears Ears is slap in the face, tribes say
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump’s decision to drastically reduce and break up a national monument in Utah wasn’t the only blow Native American tribes say...
article John Spezia: National Monuments are sacred and need protection
(Colorado) -- Since 1979, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments have been my workplace, which has provided a modest living and a place where I...
article Professor: National monument reductions follow history of land theft in US
(Massachusetts) -- Last week, President Donald J. Trump announced plans to reduce by 85 percent Bears Ears National Monument—land that was given protective status...
article Bears Ears Is Sacred to Native Tribes, but Trump Just Put It at Major Risk
(Utah) -- Around this time last year, the American people elected Donald Trump to become president of the United States. Since then, he and his administration have put...

12/11/2017

article DOCUMENTS: When a Uranium Mining Company Lobbied for Bears Ears National Monument Action, the Trump Administration Acted
(Colorado) -- The Washington Post is reporting that a uranium mining company “launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument,...
article Here’s a breakdown of the 5 lawsuits filed against Trump that challenge his cuts to 2 Utah national monuments
(Utah) -- 1. Hopi Tribe et al v. Trump et al. • Filed: Federal district court in D.C. • Plaintiffs: Five American Indian tribes (Hopi, Navajo, Ute Indian, Ute...
article OP/ED: The Federal Land-Grab Dreams of Donald Trump
(USA) -- President Trump routinely cloaks his presidency in claims that his actions are “the best” or “the biggest” whether they are or not. His...
article Spiritual and Historic Roots Spur Tribes to Fight for National Monuments
(Utah) -- Jonah Yellowman fondly remembers family excursions to Bears Ears, hiking, camping and “listening to nature.” “We were living in that area...
article Tribes: Monument Co-Management Proposal Is Slap in the Face
(Arizona) -- President Donald Trump's decision to drastically reduce and break up a national monument in Utah wasn't the only blow Native American tribes say...
article U.S. President Donald Trump's decision on Utah parks angers St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council
(New York) -- U.S. President Donald Trump is continuing to receive criticism from American Indian tribes, including the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council, after he...
article YES! Magazine: President Trump's shrinking of Bears Ears won't survive in courts
(California) -- On December 4, President Trump traveled to Utah to sign proclamations downsizing Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante...
article By renaming new Utah monument Shash Jaa, is Trump trying to divide Native American tribes?
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump not only trimmed and broke up the Bears Ears National Monument when he visited Utah last week. He also renamed it with the Navajo-...
article Judd: America’s blatant disregard of Native American civil rights
(Iowa) -- President Trump’s bias against Native Americans rang true well before he was in office, but his actions as president reflect repeated dehumanization of...

12/9/2017

article Indian Country News: A monumental blow to tribes
(Montana) -- This week brought a heavy blow to several tribal communities, and no doubt many more conservationists, in the West, as President Donald Trump declared he...
article Bears Ears Is Here to Stay
(Utah) -- Bears Ears, first and foremost, is indigenous land. It is a place essential to the physical, spiritual and cultural identity of the Hopi, Zuni, Ute and Navajo...
article Guest editorial: Bears Ears reduction is attempt to silence Indian voices
(Utah) -- This coming Tuesday, December 12th, the Ute Indian Tribe Political Action Committee (Ute PAC) will be holding a public meeting at the Park City Library, 1255...
article Uranium firm urged Trump officials to shrink Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- A uranium company launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument, saying such action would give it easier access to the area...
article Milford outfitter joins Patagonia to decry Trump action on Bears Ears, Grand Staircase
(USA) -- In a Midwest-nice sort of way, adventure outfitter Roads Rivers and Trails (RRT) in Milford has joined in condemning President Donald Trump's decision this...
article Native tribes sue Trump over Bears Ears Monument
(Utah) -- Davis Filfred has future generations of the Navajo Native American tribe on his mind. A member of the Navajo Nation Council, Filfred fears for the fate of...
article Yakima Nation Tribal Council supports federal lawsuit against Trump
(Washington) -- The Yakima Nation Tribal Council passed a resolution Friday supporting the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Tribe, and Zuni...

12/8/2017

article Patagonia, outdoor retailers fight Trump on plan to shrink U.S. monuments
(Utah) -- Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia and other retailers have jumped into a legal and political battle over President Donald Trump's plan to shrink two...

12/6/2017

article Bears Ears Commission of Tribes Condemns President Trump’s Unilateral Action to Revoke Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Leaders of the Bears Ears Commission of Tribes (Commission) expressed dismay at Monday’s action by President Trump that attempts to revoke and replace Bears...
article Five Tribes Are Suing Trump Over Bears Ears. Can They Win?
(Utah) -- If there's one thing that Ryan Zinke wants you to know about his and President Trump's decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument, it's that...
article Monument Lawsuits Start To Stack Up
(Utah) -- Environmental groups and Native American tribes wasted no time in filing lawsuits to stop the Trump administration's vast cuts to two Utah national...
article Out of Trump’s monument actions, Rep. Chris Stewart seeks to create a new national park, but critics call it a ruse
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Chris Stewart said Tuesday he’ll introduce legislation to turn a piece of the now-dismantled Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument...
article Tribal and Enviro Lawyers Take on Trump Over Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The legal fight against President Donald Trump’s use of the Antiquities Act to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments is...
article Trump outlines big cuts to Utah monuments, environmentalists sue
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump on Monday shrank two wilderness national monuments in Utah by at least half in the biggest rollback of public land protection...
article Trump Slashes Two Million Acres off of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase: Tribes To Sue
(USA) -- In an announcement by President Trump on Monday in Salt Lake City, the size of two national monuments would be drastically reduced.
article Zinke defends monument reductions, supports Badger-Two Medicine
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink or modify several national monuments, saying Tuesday that opponents...
article Hey, Trump: Navajo Elders Aren’t Your Political Props
(Oregon) -- Acting by fiat and claiming the opposite has been a hallmark of this presidency. On Monday in Salt Lake City, President Trump announced he was reducing the...
article Local tribal members decry national monument recommendations
(California) -- Local conservation and tribal leaders decried the Department of the Interior's report recommending boundary reductions to several national monuments.
press release Rep. Bass Statement on Trump Admin Attack on Native Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement following President Trump signing proclamations to shrink two national monuments...
article Trump’s Dismemberment of Bears Ears National Monument: Perspective From Indigenous Scholars
(Utah) -- President Trump’s visit to Salt Lake City Monday to sign two orders slashing the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments also...

12/5/2017

article NARF Files Suit to Protect Bears Ears
(USA) -- President Trump’s action to revoke and replace the Bears Ears National Monument is not only an attack on the five sovereign nations with deep ties to the Bears...
article Native American Tribes Join to File Lawsuit Against Trump Attack on Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Five Native American tribes have joined to file what they are calling an historic lawsuit against President Donald Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and...
article Native Americans to fight back against Trump’s attack on national monuments in Utah
(Utah) -- Native American tribes worked for decades to get the U.S. government to designate an area in southeastern Utah as a national monument.
article Navajo Nation Files Joint Complaint to Defend Bears Ears
(Arizona) -- Yesterday the Navajo Nation joined the Hopi Tribe, Zuni Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe in filing a Complaint against the Trump...
article Navajo Nation sues Trump over Utah monument reduction
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation and four other American Indian tribes said Tuesday they had sued President Trump to undo his action reducing the Bears Ears...
article Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears
(Washington D.C.) -- The leader of the Department of the Interior is lashing out against "special interests" as tribes fight to save the Bears Ears National...
article Trump slashed Utah national monuments by 2 million acres. Now comes the legal battle.
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump announced Monday that his administration will roll back federal protections on 2 million acres of land in two national monuments in Utah.
article Native Americans React To Cuts To Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- The Trump administration has decided to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Shaun Chapoose, one of the Native...
article Tribes: Trump's monument order disrespects native people
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump's rare move to shrink two large national monuments in Utah triggered another round of outrage among Native American leaders who...
article Tribes: Trump's monument order disrespects native people
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump's rare move to shrink two large national monuments in Utah triggered another round of outrage among Native American leaders who...
article Patagonia’s “The President Stole Your Land” ad is sharp, but raises tough questions for the left
(USA) -- Shortly after President Donald Trump signed two proclamations Monday announcing his administration's intent to greatly reduce the amount of protected land...
article ‘The President Stole Your Land’: Patagonia blasts Trump for monuments move
(USA) -- On Monday night, just hours after President Donald Trump announced that he would be reducing the size of two national monuments by some 2 million acres,...

12/4/2017

article President Trump Declares Major Reduction of Bears Ears Monument
(Utah) -- President Trump said he would dramatically reduce the size of a vast expanse of protected federal land in Utah on Monday, a rollback of some two million acres...
article Shrinking Bears Ears: Another massive insult to Native Americans
(Utah) -- November was Native American Heritage Month, which Donald Trump naturally used as an excuse to crack a "Pocahontas" joke while addressing a group of...
article Trump outlines big cuts to Utah monuments, riling tribes, environmentalists
(Utah) -- U.S. President Donald Trump announced big cuts to Utah’s sprawling wilderness national monuments on Monday, angering tribes and environmental groups that...
article Trump Reduction of National Monuments a Rare Move
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump on Monday signed two executive actions that drastically slash the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante...
article Trump shrinks two huge national monuments in Utah, drawing praise and protests
(Utah) -- President Trump announced Monday that he is drastically scaling back two national monuments established in Utah by his Democratic predecessors, the largest...
article ECHOHAWK: President Trump's Bears Ears Order Is An Illegal Attack On Tribal Sovereignty
(Colorado) -- A year ago, the Obama administration took the extraordinary and long-awaited step to designate Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Bears Ears has been...
article Five American Indian tribes, furious over Trump shrinking Bears Ears on his trip to Utah, sue the president
(Utah) -- Hours after President Donald Trump announced his scaled-back vision for Bears Ears National Monument on Monday, a coalition of five American Indian tribes...
article Native Americans to Sue Trump Over National Monument Downsizing
(Utah) -- Native American tribes on Monday said they will immediately file a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump, who signed a executive order shrinking two...
article Navajo Nation plans to sue Trump after Bears Ears reduction
(Utah) -- The Navajo Nation announced plans to sue President Donald Trump today after Trump signed an order reducing the size of Bears Ears National Monument and...
article US Indigenous Communities Vow to Sue Trump Over Shrinking National Monuments
(Utah) -- Hundreds of people – including native tribe, the Navajo, and others – along with environmentalists gathered in Washington to protest U.S. President...
article Utah tribal leaders, locals vow to challenge Trump monument cuts
(Utah) -- President Trump signed an executive order Monday cutting millions of acres out of Utah's two largest national monuments and attempting to settle scores on...
press release Ute Indian Tribe Filing Lawsuit Challenging President's Plan To Abolish Bears Ears National Maonument
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe is deeply offended by President Trump’s announcement today that he plans to significantly shrink the Bears Ears National Monument....
press release NCAI Opposes Executive Action on the Reduction of National Monuments
(Washington D.C.) -- NCAI opposes President Trump’s efforts to reduce two monuments that hold tribal sacred places. Today, President Trump issued Presidential...

12/3/2017

article Bears Ears puts Utah at forefront of Western battle for lands
(Utah) -- In an American West that has a love-hate relationship with the federal government’s ownership of a checkerboard of parks, monuments, forest and desert in...
article Effort to shrink Bears Ears National Monument started before Donald Trump was elected president
(Utah) -- Before Bears Ears National Monument existed, there were already efforts to get rid of it. Just days ahead of Donald Trump’s victory launching him into...
article Thousands Protest Trump Land Cuts to Utah Monuments Ahead of Visit
(Utah) -- Over 5,000 demonstrators launched major protests in Salt Lake City Saturday against plans to downsize federal public property in Utah surrounding President...
article Trump Expected To Slash Grand Staircase Escalante And Bears Ears National Monuments
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump will reportedly announce a reduction of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments early this week. According to a...

12/2/2017

article Monument supporters rally against Trump’s plans to shrink Bear Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante
(Utah) -- Thousands of Utahns filled the steps, sidewalks and lawns outside the state Capitol on Saturday, protesting imminent action by President Donald Trump to...
article Thousands protest Trump's Utah monument reduction plan
(Utah) -- Thousands of protesters fired up by President Trump's expected announcement to shrink two national monuments in Utah rallied in Salt Lake City on Saturday...

12/1/2017

article Leaked Maps Show How Trump May Slash National Monuments
(Washington D.C.) -- Maps of draft proposals that would drastically shrink the boundaries of two U.S. national monuments in southern Utah’s Red Rock country leaked...
article Sen. Udall: Reducing national park protection is ‘insulting’ to Native Americans
(Washington) -- Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voiced opposition Friday against President Donald Trump’s plan to reduce national park protections in Utah. “His...
article Trump Plans to Cut 2 Million Acres of National Monument Lands, Leaked Documents Show
(New York) -- President Donald Trump plans to announce the shrinking of two Utah national monuments next week, in a move that has already angered environmentalists and...
article U.S. Forest Service didn’t call for pulling its land from Bears Ears, USDA nominee tells Senate Democrats
(Washington D.C.) -- Two senior Senate Democrats want President Trump to explain why he’s poised to remove protections for U.S. Forest Service land in the Bears...
article Opponents say Trump's plan to shrink national monuments is illegal
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump is expected to travel to Utah on Monday to announce that he is shrinking significant portions of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-...
article Connelly: Trump will act to slash size of two national monuments next week
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump faces an immediate lawsuit if, as expected, he uses next week's trip to Utah to slash the size of two big National Monuments in...
article MORON ALERT: President Trump Should Defend Federal Land Use and End Abuse of Antiquities Act
(New York) -- If news reports are accurate, the review of National Monument designations submitted by Interior Secretary Zinke does not begin to fulfill the charge given...
article OP/ED: Another Affront to Native Tribes in Utah
(Utah) -- President Trump will travel to Utah on Monday to sign an executive order that removes protections for two iconic national monuments: Bears Ears and Grand...

11/29/2017

article After Insulting Native Americans, Trump Goes After Their Sacred Land
(Washington D.C.) -- Trump’s disparagement of Native Americans doesn’t end with his rhetoric. A day after Trump called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)...
article Trump will shrink Bears Ears during Utah visit Monday, when five tribes promise to sue him
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump will fly into Utah on Monday to announce that he’ll shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments,...

11/28/2017

article President Trump to visit Utah on Monday to announce his plans to shrink Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump will travel to Utah on Monday to lay out his plans to cut the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments,...

11/22/2017

article Bears Ears perfects America’s best idea by including tribes
(Utah) -- President Trump has stated he plans to begin a prolonged legal battle with five Native American tribes next month by eliminating large swaths of Bears Ears...

11/19/2017

article The beauty of Bears Ears and of protecting it
(Utah) -- It doesn’t take much effort on the trails of the new, embattled Bears Ears National Monument to find a very long view — one with a twist of eerie...

11/18/2017

article Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration appears intent on rolling back the boundaries of the Bears...
article Zinke rocked moccasins to celebrate Native cultures. But tribes are focused on his plans to rock Bears Ears.
(Washington D.C.) -- During this week’s Rock Your Mocs, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proudly showed his support for the worldwide Native American and indigenous...

11/16/2017

article Former Navajo Leader On Bears Ears: It Is Our Church, Our Temple
(Utah) -- "Look out over the expanse, the land, the mountains, and take in the beauty," says the the former president and chairman of the Navajo Nation,...
article Tribal leaders speak out against plans to shrink Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Leaders from the five Native American tribes that built a coalition to protect and advocate for the continued integrity of Bears Ears National Monument in...
article Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration appears intent on rolling back the boundaries of the Bears Ears...

11/7/2017

article Barron: Preserving Bears Ears Means Protecting Native Voices
(Utah) -- I have seen signs supporting the designation; some are stuck in parking strips, others are propped up in bay windows and, once, I saw one taped to the back of...
article Groups Sue Trump Administration Over National Monument Review
(Washington D.C.) -- Several environmental groups have sued the Trump administration over its review of more than two dozen national monuments. KNAU’s Ryan...

10/31/2017

article Trump's 'Review' Of Utah Monument Was Over Before It Started
(Washington D.C.) -- For anyone following the Trump administration’s months-long review of America’s national monuments, Friday likely felt like the...

10/29/2017

article Trump says he will shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a sacred tribal site in Utah
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump informed Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) Friday that he will shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a 1.35-million-acre protected area in...

10/28/2017

article Senator says Trump rolling back protections at Utah sites
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is shrinking two national monuments in Utah, accepting the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reverse...
article Trump headed to Utah in December with plans to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump plans to visit Utah in December to announce that he will trim the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante...

10/27/2017

article Trump to shrink Bears Ears
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump informed Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Friday that he will shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a 1.35-million-acre protected...

10/17/2017

article Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important...

9/30/2017

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Navajo leaders should focus on the real issues
(Utah) -- What benefit to the Navajo people would ever come from the Navajo Nation threatening to sue the federal government over Bears Ears National Monument being...

9/26/2017

article Native tribes deserve respect for work on the Bears Ears Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- For decades before President Obama proclaimed the Bears Ears National Monument, the Navajo Nation and other local native nations fought to protect...

9/25/2017

article Navajo Nation Readies Legal Action if Trump Shrinks Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's recommendation to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah could spark a legal battle between the Navajo...

9/17/2017

article Utah quietly tells feds: Trim Bears Ears monument by 90 percent
(Utah) -- If maps Utah has submitted to the Interior Department are a guide, Bears Ears National Monument will be drastically cut in size.
article OP/ED: Give tribes real authority in Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama’s controversial designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah last year was widely touted as a...

8/25/2017

article Tribal Leaders 'Outraged' Over Rumored Monument Shrinkage (sub req)
(New York) -- The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition expressed “outrage” Thursday over rumblings that U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has...

8/10/2017

article Colorado Springs casino company files application for Bermuda casino
(Colorado) -- Century Casinos Inc. has filed an application to open a casino at the 458-room Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club in Hamilton, Bermuda, with the...

8/4/2017

article A fight over Utah's 'gorgeous' Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- The route to Newspaper Rock — so named because it's carved with ancient petroglyphs — from the tiny city of Monticello, Utah, follows a narrow...

7/31/2017

article Why Americans are fighting over a gorgeous monument called Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The route to Newspaper Rock — so named because it’s carved with ancient petroglyphs — from the tiny city of Monticello, Utah, follows a...

7/30/2017

article Why Americans are fighting over a gorgeous monument called Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The route to Newspaper Rock — so named because it’s carved with ancient petroglyphs — from the tiny city of Monticello, Utah, follows a...
article Let’s be absolutely clear, Secretary Zinke: Nevada’s monuments deserve protection
(Las Vegas) -- When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke leaves Nevada after reviewing the Gold Butte and Basin and Range national monuments, there’s only one acceptable...
article OP/ED: National Monuments Help Preserve Native Cultures
(Utah) -- The recent executive order to review national monuments has left many questioning the fate of Bears Ears National Monument, and 26 other national monuments. It...

7/26/2017

article Former Interior Secretary says Utah lawmakers made outdoor industry feel ‘taken for granted’
(Utah) -- Former U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell was a keynote speaker at the last scheduled Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, and she didn’t...

7/25/2017

article At Bears Ears in Utah, Heated Politics and Precious Ruins
(Utah) -- My entourage and I blew into Bears Ears National Monument in Utah just as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his entourage departed. Actually, I had brought...

7/23/2017

article Native American group urges Zinke to keep Bears Ears a national monument
(Utah) -- A group of advocates who are on a six-state tour to show their support for the Bears Ears National Monument stopped in Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon. Bears...

7/16/2017

article Koch brother funded think tank is behind Utah’s anti-monument push
(USA) -- A Utah resolution calling for the elimination of Bears Ears National Monument turns out to have been authored by a conservative think tank that is largely...

7/5/2017

article Interior secretary recommends scaling down Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- The Trump administration has fired another shot in the long-smoldering Sagebrush Rebellion: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has issued a preliminary...

7/4/2017

article Little support in City of Blanding for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Bears Ears National Monument took center stage again at the June 27 meeting of the Blanding City Council. Blanding residents once again filled the conference...

6/29/2017

article Lawsuits Filed on Utah Monument
(Utah) -- Native American tribes and environmental groups preparing for a legal battle to stop President Donald Trump from dismantling Utah's new national monument...

6/28/2017

article Lawsuits over new Utah monument to test president's power
(Utah) -- Native American tribes and environmental groups preparing for a legal battle to stop President Donald Trump from dismantling Utah's new national monument...

6/27/2017

article Native American Elders & Youth: Why Bears Ears Is Right for Utah
(Utah) -- They know where it began, but they were uncertain where to start. With the release of Secretary Zinke's interim report that signals at a shrinking of Bears...

6/23/2017

article Native American community leaders discuss support of Bears Ears
(Utah) -- In response to Secretary Zinke’s Interim Report recommending the shrinking of the Bears Ears National Monument, Native American community leaders will...

6/22/2017

article Golden Braid Books to host Bears Ears voices in panel discussion
(Utah) -- Keeping native and wild lands in the public domain is not a new controversy in Utah. It is, however, a generations old one in the history of the Native...

6/20/2017

article Counties drawing maps on preferred monument boundaries
(Utah) -- Kane and Garfield counties are drawing new monument boundaries for Grand Staircase-Escalante at the request of the U.S. Department of the Interior as part of...

6/19/2017

article Beyond Division: American Indians Unite to Create Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Sitting on the ground, in a grass clearing surrounded by ponderosa pines, in the shadow of the Bears Ears butte, Angelo Baca speaks first of his grandmother....
article Check out the new book of Native American voices about Bears Ears
(Utah) -- An important new collection of Native American writers essaying the cultural significance of Utah's Bears Ears landscape will be launched with two Utah...
article LA TIMES: Shrinking Utah's Bears Ears National Monument would be one more broken promise to Native Americans
(Utah) -- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke plans to advise President Trump to shrink Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument to a scatter of isolated sites. The...

6/18/2017

article Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump’s call to review 27 national monuments established by three former presidents put in limbo protections on large swaths of land...

6/17/2017

article If Bears Ears monument gets smaller, oil and gas operators are poised to push for drilling rights
(Utah) -- In making their case for rescinding Bears Ears National Monument, Utah officials have downplayed the potential for oil and gas development on the lands that...

6/16/2017

article Interior Secretary Zinke Threatens Safety of Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, is recommending the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be slashed and redistributed following an...
article Our View: A monumental decision
(New Mexico) -- Not that it’s any surprise, but Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending in an interim report that the new Bears Ears National Monument be...

6/15/2017

article Column: Zinke discounts Native voices
(Montana) -- As Secretary Ryan Zinke concludes touring the Bear's Ears, he seems set on committing an adamant political massacre of an ignorance similar to Custer...

6/14/2017

article Cutting up Bears Ears: The ugly racial politics behind the national monument battle
(Utah) -- On Monday afternoon Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proved that even the most mundane of federal powers — the creation and maintenance of national...
article Who Will Handle Bears Ears Shrinkage?
(Utah) -- In a report Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument. In the language of the original 1906 Antiquities Act,...
article Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears
(Connecticut) -- The new leader of the Department of the Interior is rejecting tribal complaints about his controversial recommendation to change the boundaries of the...

6/13/2017

article The Interior Department’s First Memo For Donald Trump Is A Real Howler
(Washington D.C.) -- In April, with an eye toward selling off public land, President Trump issued an executive order calling for a review of federal land set aside using...
article Downsizing Utah monument pleases Republicans, angers tribes
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to downsize the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah was applauded by the state's top Republican...
article Trump Administration Wants To Shrink Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be shrunk. He also is calling on Congress to give...
article Zinke Says Tribes Are ‘Happy’ to Have Bears Ears Modifications; Tribes Disagree
(Utah) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is misrepresenting tribal positions about his plan to reduce a yet unspecified portion of the Bears Ears National...

6/12/2017

article Despite tribal opposition, Trump’s Interior Secretary wants to shrink Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recommended that President Donald Trump cut the boundary of the culturally significant Bears Ears National Monument in an...
article Interior secretary recommends Trump consider scaling back Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended President Donald Trump “revise the existing boundaries” of the Bears Ears National Historic Monument...
article Zinke recommends shrinking size of Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday he recommended President Donald Trump shrink the size of the 1.3-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah...
press release Secretary Zinke Submits 45-Day Interim Report on Bears Ears National Monument and Extends Public Comment Period
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke submitted a 45-day interim report on Bears Ears National Monument to President Donald J. Trump on Saturday...

6/10/2017

article Bears Ears deadline today; announcement expected soon | KSL.com
(Utah) -- The deadline for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to make a recommendation to President Donald Trump on the fate of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument is...
article Interior Secretary to make proposal on Bears Ears monument in test for protected land
(Utah) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is due to make a recommendation to the White House on Saturday on whether to rescind or resize Utah’s Bears Ears...
article Will Bears Ears Remain a National Monument?
(Utah) -- Jonah Yellowman lives in the north end of the Navajo Nation, between Monument Valley, the famous backdrop of many Western movies, and Mexican Hat, Utah, named...

6/9/2017

article OP/ED: 'We want it to be protected': Looming Bears Ears decision weighs on Native Americans' minds
(Utah) -- Native Americans from around Utah began gathering in Comb Wash on Thursday to celebrate Bears Ears National Monument ­— just ahead of an announcement...

6/4/2017

article Judith K. Wellington: Our battle to protect sacred spaces from Trump
(Arizona) -- This month I’m traveling to Washington to call on decision-makers to uphold the Bears Ears National Monument. I do this through my ministry with the...

5/28/2017

article Status of Bears Ears monument in Utah generates 57,000 comments
(Utah) -- Tens of thousands of people from across the U.S. have weighed in about whether the new Bears Ears National Monument should be preserved, downsized or rescinded...

5/27/2017

article Bears Ears comments weigh heavily in favor of monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Commenters on both sides of the Bears Ears National Monument debate say Utah's Cedar Mesa and surrounding lands should be protected, yet many...

5/26/2017

article More than 680,000 Comments Submitted in Support of Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- As part of an abbreviated 15-day comment period, more than 680,000 comments have been submitted online in support of the Bears Ears National Monument to the...

5/25/2017

article A Native American explains why a Bears Ears National Monument would do more harm than good
(Utah) -- For decades we’ve seen special interest groups like Sierra Club and SUWA lobby for the full extinguishment of our rights to public lands using false...
article Bears Ears Monument designation draws thousands of comments
(Utah) -- There's still time to weigh in on the Bears Ears National Monument designation, but online comments must be received by the U.S. Department of Interior by...
article Latest polling shows overwhelming support for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Sixty-four percent of registered voters in Utah believe protections should remain in place for Bears Ears National Monument, compared to just thirty percent...

5/22/2017

article Time is running out to comment on Bears Ears, Arizona monuments
(Arizona) -- Arizonans and tourists alike love the state for the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Three designated national monuments in Arizona may soon lose their...

5/19/2017

article Opinion: Give Bears Ears To Native Americans
(Montana) -- As part of his review of national monuments, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke met with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. The coalition’s message...

5/17/2017

article Native Americans, Non-Natives, at Odds Over Future of Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- For as long as Navajo healer Jonah Yellowman can remember – “all the way back to Creation” – southeastern Utah’s Bears Ears...

5/16/2017

article Battle Over Bears Ears Heats Up as Trump Rethinks Its Monument Status
(Utah) -- Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, stepped into the desert last week at the edge of the 1.3-million-acre red-rock expanse that is roiling the West. Mr...
article Zinke's Utah Visit Response, Part 2
(Utah) -- As President Trump resolves to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument designation, opinion in San Juan County remains divided, with Native Americans pitted...

5/14/2017

article As Zinke listens in on the monumental divide at Utah’s Bears Ears, natives feel unheard
(Utah) -- Long after the Black Hawk helicopter carrying Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke flew off into the bright Utah sky, James Adakai stood in the airport parking lot...
article Battle Over Bears Ears Heats Up as Trump Rethinks Its Monument Status
(Utah) -- Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, stepped into the desert last week at the edge of the 1.3-million-acre red-rock expanse that is roiling the West.

5/13/2017

article 'This is our land': New Mexico's tribal groups gear up to fight for their home
(New Mexico) -- As interior secretary Ryan Zinke arrived in Bears Ears national monument in southeastern Utah earlier this week to calm fears over proposals to reduce or...
article Bears Ears in Crosshairs as Zinke Tours
(Utah) -- As the entourage of Utah lawmakers and U.S. Department of Interior officials drove out of Butler Wash in the Bears Ears National Monument, area resident...
article Dept. of the Interior accepting comments about National Monument designations
(Utah) -- Months before President Obama designated Bears Ears as a national monument last December, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining approved drilling...
article Ute protesters march to Utah uranium mill
(Utah) -- White Mesa, Utah – About 80 protesters opposed to the White Mesa uranium mill in southeast Utah marched three miles along U.S. Highway 191 to the mill’s...

5/10/2017

article Native Americans and Bears Ears
(Utah) -- A coalition of five sovereign Native American tribes was instrumental in last year’s declaration of Bears Ears National Monument. Those tribes all lived...

5/9/2017

article How do San Juan County Native Americans Feel About Zinke's Visit?
(Utah) -- The Secretary of Interior is visiting Utah this week to evaluate the state’s two largest monuments. With Secretary Zinke ordered to review the Bears Ears...
article Interior Secretary Orders Protester To 'Be Nice' During Visit To Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lost his manners during a visit to Bears Ears National Monument on Monday after being repeatedly questioned about why he hasn...
article Interior secretary tours controversial Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke described himself as a Teddy Roosevelt Republican as he spoke to the media while standing on the edge of the Butler Wash overlook...
article Zinke questions using monument status to save sacred land
(Utah) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he values national monuments. But as he tours America's newest and most hotly contested one, he questions whether...
article Zinke rides with cattle ranchers working on Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday that in the context of Bears Ears National Monument, "cattle ranchers matter, too." He put those words...
article EDITORIAL: Hatch continues to belittle Native Americans in Bears Ears dispute
(Utah) -- No, Sen. Hatch, we won't just take your word for it. Utah's senior senator put his foot very firmly into his mouth Monday by attacking the intelligence...
article Reviving debate over Bears Ears National Monument also revives racial tension in a remote corner of Utah
(Utah) -- The debate over the best use of these vast canyonlands is not just about states’ rights or who should control public land. Nor is it only about...
article Tribal leaders demand apology from Hatch after he said they ‘don’t fully understand’ Bears Ears implications
(Utah) -- After Sen. Orrin Hatch said Sunday that American Indians "don't fully understand" what they would lose if Bears Ears is "made clearly into a...
article Native Americans demand apology from Sen. Hatch for ‘racially charged’ remarks
(Utah) -- The Utah League of Native American Voters is demanding that Sen. Orrin Hatch apologize for his remarks during a press conference with U.S. Interior Secretary...

5/8/2017

article Tribal Leaders Call on the Trump Administration to Preserve the Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates and Council Delegate Davis Filfred were among several tribal leaders who took part in a press conference last...
article GOP senator says ‘the Indians’ should ‘just take my word for it’ on sacred tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Speaking alongside Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about the Trump administration’s order to review — and potentially shrink or eliminate...
article Native Americans demand apology from Sen. Hatch after alleged racist remarks
(Utah) -- The Utah League of Native American Voters is demanding that Sen. Orrin Hatch apologize for his remarks during a press conference with U.S. Interior Secretary...
article The Latest: Zinke says he may not favor shrinking monuments
(Utah) -- The Latest on a visit to Utah by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the designation of national monuments (all times local): 6:40 p.m. U.S. Interior...

5/7/2017

article Native American Supporters Want To Tell Interior Secretary Why Bears Ears Monument Should Stick
(Utah) -- Utahns -- from Senators to local ranchers and archaeologists -- have been asking to show U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke the state’s newest national...
article US Interior secretary begins Utah tour to eye monument sites
(Utah) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with tribal leaders and elected officials in Utah on Sunday as he kicked off a four-day trip to the state to inspect two...
article Zinke says monument designations have been an ‘effective tool,’ though ‘very few ... are to the scale of the recent actions’
(Utah) -- As he embarked on a tour of Utah to review two national monuments, Ryan Zinke said he sees no evidence Native American proponents of Bears Ears National...

5/6/2017

article OP/ED: Will Bears Ears Be the Next Standing Rock?
(Utah) -- After seven years of organizing, the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition — made up of the Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Zuni...

5/5/2017

article A Decision on Bears Ears, Nears?
(Utah) -- Leaders of numerous Native American Tribes would like to have a word with Ryan Zinke. Zinke is the new Interior Secretary and at last report he was in Utah on...

5/4/2017

article Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
(Utah) -- Ryan Zinke has been Interior secretary for just two months, but leaders of some tribal nations in the West say he’s already been a disappointment.
article Native American governments are calling Trump but he won’t pick up the phone
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are ignoring the sovereign Indian tribes they are required to collaborate with on public land...
article Tribal Leaders Vow To Sue If Trump Rescinds Bears Ears Monument
(Arizona) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met Wednesday afternoon with leaders of the Ute Indian Tribe, including Shaun Chapoose, and discussed a number of issues,...
article Tribes who lobbied for Utah monument now under review say Trump team is ignoring them
(Washington D.C.) -- Several Native American leaders accused the Trump administration of favoritism Wednesday in its ongoing review of the Bears Ears National Monument...
article Ute Indian Tribe Leaders Meet with Interior Secretary to Discuss Bear Ears National Monument Status
(Washington D.C.) -- Leaders of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah Ouray met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke yesterday to discuss several issues including energy...

5/3/2017

article Bears Ears tribal coalition blasts Zinke, executive order on monuments review
(Utah) -- Leaders and members of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition are demanding newly appointed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stand by the promise he made weeks ago...
article Tribal leaders: We’ll take Trump to court if he rescinds Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Tribal leaders who pushed for the Bears Ears National Monument said Wednesday they hope the Trump administration will leave the protection in place but if not...
article Tribes to federal government: stop ignoring us about Bears Ears
(Utah) -- On Tuesday in the halls of Congress, Bears Ears National Monument was a "catastrophe," and the subject of a hearing about "overreach" with...

5/2/2017

article Shoshone Tribe pulls support for Bears Ears
(Utah) -- A Utah-based Native American tribe is expressing concern about the process that created Bears Ears National Monument. Darren Parry, Vice Chairman of the...
article Tribes encounter silence from Secretary Zinke in Bears Ears review
(Washington D.C.) -- The five tribes that pushed for the Bears Ears National Monument have been trying to reach the new leader of the Department of the Interior but all...
article Bears Ears is overkill, San Juan County leaders tell Zinke
(Utah) -- The San Juan County Commission had an hour of face time with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his staff Tuesday morning, presenting the county's case that...
article Tribes upset over review of Bears Ears monument designation
(Utah) -- The April 26 announcement of President Donald Trump to review existing monument designations, especially Bears Ears National Monument, drew quick opposition...
article Ute Tribe Wants Voice on Monument
(Utah) -- In January many southwestern Native American tribes – including the Navajo Nation, Zuni, Hopi and Ute tribes – were celebrating when former...
press release Advisory: May 3, Native American Tribes Respond to National Monuments Executive Order
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a coalition of five sovereign Tribal Nations – Hopi, Navajo, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute, and...

5/1/2017

article Tribes near Utah national monument press U.S. official for meeting
(Utah) -- The Native American tribes that help manage the Bears Ears national monument in Utah raised concerns on Monday that the interior secretary has not responded to...

4/29/2017

article Clash over Bears Ears tests years of progress on Native spirituality
(Utah) -- Davis Filfred wishes President Trump would take a page from General “Stormin’ Norman” Schwarzkopf's playbook, in thinking about Bears...

4/28/2017

article Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument
(Utah) -- The Ute Tribe is once again taking on powerful interests as it seeks to prevent the Trump administration from undermining the Bears Ears National Monument. Ute...

4/27/2017

article Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths...
article Plenty of Consultation of GOP on Bears Ears: Docs
(Washington D.C.) -- Despite growing Democratic calls for tribal support and proof of longstanding coordination and consultation in the Bears Ears region before the area...
article Trump’s Executive Order Threatens Bears Ears National Monument Status
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to consult local governments and tribes in...

4/26/2017

article Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is setting his sights on a new target: a national monument that enjoys strong support across Indian Country.

4/25/2017

article Jewell defends Bears Ears monument process
(Utah) -- On her journey home to Seattle from Washington, D.C., Sally Jewell spent a few weeks this spring in New Mexico, Utah and Nevada visiting some of the lands set...

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