UDB’s Honor Keeler appointed to Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee

Click on image to view the official Press Release.   For Immediate Release: May 22, 2018 Contact – Alastair Lee Bitsoi: (917) 202-8308 SALT LAKE CITY – Honor Keeler, assistant director for Utah Diné Bikéyah, has been appointed to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.   In a news release issued Tuesday, the Department of Interior announced that Keeler, along with John Beaver and Barnaby V. Lewis, will join the committee, which is tasked to monitor, review and assist in...

White Mesa Utes to march against Energy Fuels White Mesa Uranium Mill

For Immediate Release: May 18, 2018 Contact – Alastair Lee Bitsoi: (917) 202-8308   SALT LAKE CITY – Malcolm Lehi will walk ten miles to the Energy Fuels White Mesa Uranium Mill from the White Mesa Ute Recreation Center Saturday morning.   Lehi, who also serves as a board member for Utah Diné Bikéyah, is a part of a growing number of Ute, Diné and other concerned Native American community members from San Juan County and across Indian Country that will walk in the White Mesa Ute Community Protest and...

Bears Ears 4th Annual Summer Gathering

HOSTED BY UTAH DINÉ BIKÉYAH AND UTE, ZUNI, DINÉ, & HOPI TRIBES OF THE BEARS EARS INTER-TRIBAL COALITION JULY 20– 22, 2018   Please RSVP for the Bears Ears Summer Gathering here!   COME CELEBRATE NATIVE CULTURE & LIFE WAYS AT THE BEARS EARS MEADOW RSVP to attend by July 18 Free food, camping & cultural activites Bring your own camping gear tents, camp chairs, water, foodstuff (breakfasts & snacks), flashlights, etc. The Bears Ears Buttes are 50 minute from any gas station or grocery store No Dogs or...

Bears Ears – A Model for Sustainable Development in Utah?

For a downloadable PDF of the official press release CLICK HERE or on the image: Bears Ears - A Model for Sustainable Development in Utah? For Immediate Release: May 8, 2018 Contact – Alastair Lee Bitsoi: (917) 202-8308 SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah – Small business owner Persephonie Black relies on juniper seeds, a cultural resource found inside Bears Ears National Monument, to support her livelihood. Her small operation is artsy, and is also built upon her traditional Navajo culture. She makes ghost beads – as earrings, wristlets and/or necklaces. They’re...

Navajo Nation Defends Antiquities Act from Utah officials

Linked here are resolutions from Utah Navajo Chapter Houses opposing bills that threaten the 1906 Antiquities Act. The Utah Navajo Commission, along with Navajo Nation Chapters, including Oljato, Rock Point, Shonto, Teec Nos Pos and Tolikan Chapters oppose H.R. 3990, sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT-1), and House Joint Resolution 001 that is moving through the Utah legislature (only the February resolutions include HJR 001.). These chapters oppose Bishop’s latest bill for many reasons, including how it amends the Antiquities Act by putting limits on how public lands could be...

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.   ...