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URGENT! Submit your public comment for Bears Ears by May 26th

On April 26, the current administration issued an Executive Order directing Interior Secretary Zinke to conduct a “Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act.” Bears Ears National Monument has been specially targeted for expedited ‘review.’ Following Secretary Zinke’s 4-day visit to Utah, the Department of Interior is now requesting public comments from the American people regarding the future of Bears Ears National Monument. All public comments are due by Friday May 26.

Your voice is needed! Please submit your public comment via this webpage and UDB will ensure your comment is counted and reaches decision makers. Please share this link and encourage friends & family, co-workers & congregation to submit comments too. The more voices the better: be heard for Bears Ears!

Dear Secretary Zinke & Department of Interior staff:

Bears Ears National Monument is a national treasure that belongs to all Americans and honors Tribes. I stand with the historic coalition of sovereign tribal nations in asking you to respect the Bears Ears National Monument boundary and leave this historic designation fully in tact.

The public outreach process leading to designation of Bears Ears National Monument was fully adequate. The Bears Ears National Monument designation was based on rigorous cultural mapping, dozens of community meetings, years of dialogue with county, state, and congressional leaders, and a day-long public listening session in San Juan County hosted by federal officials. Coordination with tribal, state, and local governments and other stakeholders was extensive and ongoing.

Bears Ears National Monument entirely fulfills the requirements and objectives of the Antiquities Act. The Bears Ears living cultural landscape is exactly the type of area that the Antiquities Act was enacted to protect, and protection of these cultural resources is essential to Tribes.

Please describe why this land is important to you.

I strongly support Bears Ears National Monument. I ask you to recommend to the President that the Bears Ears National Monument boundary remain fully intact.

Thank you for honoring Tribes and listening to Bears Ears,

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Public Comments Submitted

Boy holding a stands with bears ears sign at a rally

Want some ideas for personalizing your comment? Here are three things Secretary Zinke needs to hear:

1. Utah officials are not listening to local Native Americans or respecting sovereign Tribes.
2. Tribes hold a vision for land-use and economic development that is built upon cultural tradition, without undermining it.
3. Bears Ears National Monument will remain open to respectful use of the region by all.

More actions you can take:

• Call Zinke: (202) 208-6317

• Tweet Zinke:

• Text DEFEND to 52886

Click play to hear why Robert Redford is calling on Secretary Zinke to” listen to all voices” regarding the future of Bears Ears National Monument.