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UDB is Hiring!

Utah Diné Bikéyah is excited to announce that we are adding key positions to our team. We are seeking talented candidates who can help advance conservation and Native American sovereignty in the years ahead. Applications are due Jan 12th, 2018.   Click on the links below for a downloadable description of each open position. Assistant Director Commiunications Coordinator Office Manager...

Broad Coalition Sues to Stop Trump Administration’s Unlawful Dismemberment of the Bears Ears National Monument

  Broad Coalition Sues to Stop Trump Administration"s Unlawful Dismemberment of the Bears Ears National Monument   For Immediate Release: December 6, 2017 [Washington, D.C.): A broad coalition of Native American, conservation, and historic preservation organizations, outdoor industry, scientists, and outdoor recreationists sued the Trump Administration today to strike down the President's extreme overreach of authority in revoking the Bears Ears National Monument. The President's prodamation is contrary to law, ignores overwhelming public support for the original monument designation, and dishonors Native American heritage and culture.   The plaintiffs -Patagonia Works, Utah...

Trump Acts Tribes Respond

Tribes Respond To Trump’s Evisceration Of Bears Ears National Monument Contact – Gavin Noyes: (801) 521-7398, Braidan Weeks: (801) 372-6438   Elected officials from the Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe hosted a press conference to respond to President Trump’s elimination of 85% of Bears Ears National Monument. This action is an attack on Native American people, culture, history, and tribal sovereignty and may result in opening up 2 million acres to mining interests. The Tribes have already filed suit today to challenge the...

Locals Support Keeping Bears Ears Monument in Place

"Over the past few months, each Utah Chapter House (comparable to a County government) held their regular Town Hall style meetings where each member of the community was given the opportunity to vote. Not surprisingly to local residents, 98% of the local Navajos (who comprise roughly half of San Juan County’s population of 16,000 people) voted to keep existing protections for Bears Ears National Monument in place."   Click on the image below for a large pdf version of the map.   ...

Response to Hatch Announcement

“President Trump Should Leave It Alone, Respect Our People”: Utah Diné Bikéyah Responds to Announcement that Trump Will Unlawfully Eliminate Portions of Bears Ears National Monument   For Immediate Release: October 27, 2017 Contact – Gavin Noyes: (801) 521-7398, Nizhone Meza: (801) 659-0656   Today’s announcement by Senator Hatch that President Trump plans to reduce Bears Ears National Monument is a sign of great disrespect to local Native Americans, who have worked in good faith with the U.S. government to establish, support, and maintain Bears Ears National Monument.   Jonah Yellowman, UDB Board Member and Spiritual Advisor,...

Secretary Zinke’s Final Report on National Monuments Undermines Trust Among Native Americans Across the United States

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2017 Grassroots Native American people in Utah and beyond are deeply disappointed and aggrieved that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to have recommended reducing Bears Ears National Monument in his final report to President Trump regarding the National Monuments “review.   Utah Diné Bikéyah Board Chairman Willie Grayeyes, a community leader from Navajo Mountain, Utah, and appointed member of the BLM Utah Resource Advisory Council, stated, “Written and unwritten history tells us that Native Americans were the first occupants on the Bears Ears...

Tribal Council of the Fort Peck Assinboine & Sioux Tribes

Utah Tribes plus Fort Peck Tribe pass Resolutions in support of Bears Ears

Image above: UDB Staff Attorney Nizhone Meza with the Tribal Council of the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes, the adopted Tribe of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The Fort Peck Tribes recently passed a Resolution calling on Zinke to "respect tribal sovereignty, …(by) honoring the Bears Ears region.” [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="15px" up="" down=""] Seven Tribes of Utah and the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of Montana have all passed formal Resolutions of support in the past two weeks, calling on Secretary Zinke...

Native Voices Speak

UDB & Bears Ears Coalition Release New Media Kit on Origins of Bears Ears National Monument & What's At Stake In anticipation of Interior Secretary Zinke's final report on the National Monuments "review," due this week, Utah Dine Bikeyah and the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition have collaborated on a brand-new media kit that details the history of the Bears Ears National Monument initiative, what tribal collaborative management entails, and why Tribes are so invested in making sure the entire 1.35 million acres remains protected in full. This 6-page...

UDB collects 20,000+ public comments in support of Bears Ears

After a record-breaking initial comment period, UDB collected more than 2,200 additional public comments in support of Bears Ears National Monument during the secondary period that concluded July 10. Public comments continue to reflect the strong local Native American majority that favors the existing boundary and Monument protection for the Bears Ears cultural landscape. Statistical analysis demonstrates 98% of all comments received by the Department of Interior support keeping or expanding  National Monument designations. [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="dashed" width="" thickness="20px" up="" down=""] [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color=""...

Zinke Recommends Shrinking Bears Ears and Reopens Comment Period

On June 10th, Secretary Zinke submitted an interim report on Bears Ears to the President. In a press release he also re-opened the public comment period to July 10th. UDB made the following statement and sent it to the press. [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="dashed" width="" thickness="20px" up="" down=""] Click on the image below for a high resolution PDF. [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="dashed" width="" thickness="20px" up="" down=""] Here is Secretary Zinke's interim report in full. Click on the image below for the full report PDF. ...