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 ...

Utah Diné Bikéyah Responds to Confirmation of Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Department of Interior

Utah Diné Bikéyah congratulates Ryan Zinke on his appointment as the newest Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. On behalf of an overwhelming majority of Native American people who live in and around San Juan County, Utah, UDB extends a warm welcome to Zinke to come visit Bears Ears National Monument and meet on reservation with tribal leaders regarding the necessity of maintaining protection for Bears Ears National Monument.    UDB Chairman Willie Grayeyes remarked, “We look forward to working with Secretary Zinke and sharing with...

Television Ads Promoting BENM!

View these new television ads promoting Bears Ears National monument and help by voicing your support for Bears Ears. TV Ad TV ad citations: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865674227/Lawmaker-Utah-should-take-over-Bears-Ears-monument.html http://www.sltrib.com/news/4914620-155/chaffetz-urges-trump-to-revoke-bears  http://www.sltrib.com/home/4777012-155/story.html,  University of Utah land transfer report: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2555922...