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 https://app.box.com/s/a87gltcynq683upx4pvzfiktlborgzqq 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...

New Ads Promoting BENM!

Radio Ads began airing on Native American programs nationally and locally on January 2nd, 2017. In these ads, UDB thanks President Obama for creation of the Bears Ears National Monument in multiple languages and through six local radio stations across the Hopi, Navajo, and Ute reservations. Download and listen to a sample advertisement in the Navajo language that plays to scenic photos. Earlier in the Bears Ears campaigns radio stations were used to raise awareness and correct misinformation across indian county. [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="dashed"...

President Obama designates Bears Ears National Monument!

President Barack Obama has made history by proclaiming Bears Ears National Monument on December 28, 2016. UDB applauds President Obama's action, which comes in response to a historic unity of Tribes who together requested permanent protection for the Bears Ears cultural landscape. This victory marks the first time in history that Native American Tribes have called for and succeeded in protecting their sacred ancestral homelands through National Monument designation by a President of the United States of America. "I am deeply delighted that the Bears Ears...

UDB is 1st Utah recipient of ArtPlace America grant

Today, ArtPlace America announced that Utah Diné Bikéyah’s 'Traditional Arts of Bears Ears' project is one of 29 programs chosen, from almost 1,400 applications, to receive funding through its National Creative Placemaking Fund in 2016. Working in close collaboration with all local residents and the 5 Tribes of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, UDB aims to help facilitate a sustainable economic future for San Juan County through elevating arts and traditional knowledges tied to the Bears Ears cultural landscape. UDB Chairman Willie Grayeyes remarked, "This ArtPlace grant is...

40+ paleontologists deliver letter in support of Bears Ears to White House

More than three dozen paleontologists, both professional and avocational, called for President Obama to act swiftly to protect the Bears Ears region of Utah in a letter hand-delivered to the White House’s Commission on Environmental Quality on October 31st. The paleontology community has long seen the Bears Ears region as an important discovery ground that should be preserved for its scientific value. The letter again signifies a growing list of supporters calling for a national monument to better protect the invaluable resources, including millions of...

Monument boundary report presented

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, in partnership with Utah Diné Bikéyah,  presented to federal lawmakers the following comprehensive report on the boundary and lands comprising the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. The report details the cultural and natural resources within each area of the proposed monument, and demonstrates why the entire 1.9 million acres must be protected.  [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="dashed" width="" thickness="25px" up="" down=""] Read the report:  ...

UDB applauds new DOI order

On Fri Oct 21, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced a new Secretarial Order "encouraging cooperative management opportunities between the Department’s land and water managers and federally-recognized Tribes." Utah Diné Bikéyah welcomes and celebrates the announcement, which UDB Board Chairman Willie Grayeyes notes "will help Tribes everywhere." Chairman Grayeyes went on to say, "Utah Diné Bikéyah stands behind the Tribes’ request for the strongest collaborative management for Bears Ears that is legally possible, and we are pleased to see important steps like this being taken nationwide.”  [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left"...

K’aayelli Resolution

K'aayellis pass resolution formally opposing PLI On Wed, Sept 22, Navajo heritage association the Descendants of K'aayelli (DOK) publicly released a formal resolution stating the group's opposition to the Utah Public Lands Initiative bill, sponsored by UT Rep Rob Bishop. DOK's resolution explicitly states, "DOK has consulted with the Aneth extension members and by majority vote strongly oppose the Utah Public Lands Initiative."  This is significant because the K'aayellis trace ancestry directly to leaders who dwelled at Bears Ears and successfully resisted removal in the 1800's. Even just a few months...

Native support for Bears Ears is Strong

  Native support for Bears Ears is Strong in San Juan County, UT   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Sept. 21, 2016 Contact: Gavin Noyes - (801) 521-7398   In reaction to a press conference with Utah’s Governor Herbert and the Utah Congressional delegation, Utah Diné Bikéyah, a local Navajo non-profit organization from San Juan County, Utah responded to efforts to mislead the public about Native American support for a Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.   The Bears Ears lands in Southeast Utah are the ancestral home of the Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray...