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. ...

Latest Polling Shows Overwhelming Support for Bears Ears

RELEASE DATE: MAY 22, 2017 (SALT LAKE CITY)— Sixty-four percent of registered voters in Utah believe protections should remain in place for Bears Ears National Monument, compared to just thirty percent who say that they “probably” or “definitely” oppose the monument, according to a poll conducted in the wake of Interior Secretary Zinke’s visit to Utah earlier this month. The public opinion poll shows that Bears Ears National Monument continues to garner widespread support from Utah voters, despite efforts by opponents to turn public opinion against...

Video Statements From Tribal leaders and Members

In the wake of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to Bears Ears National Monument on Tuesday, May 9th Utah Diné Bikéyah (UDB) leaders, top stakeholders in the effort to preserve Bears Ears National Monument, have issued video statements from members and elected leaders of local Tribes describing their personal experiences at Bears Ears, their ancestral ties to the land, and why they support the monument. Even though UDB spearheaded the Bears Ears proposal for the past 7 years, UDB was denied a meeting with the...

Stand With Bears Ears Rally at the Utah State Capitol

Thousands of Utahns join “Monumental Rally” in support of Bears Ears Today, on the eve of Secretary Zinke’s arrival to Utah. Here are some video clips of the event. View and share these videos as much as possible so we can spread support of the Bears Ears National Monument. [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#999999" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="1pt" up="15pt" down="15pt"] Rally Montage [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#999999" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="1pt" up="15pt" down="15pt"] Virgil Johnson, Chairman of the Utah Tribal Leaders Association [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#999999" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="1pt" up="15pt" down="15pt"] James Adakai ...