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Spreading the word about Bears Ears is crucial to building support for this grassroots effort.

Your Words Count!

Writing a Letter to the Editor of your local newspapers is a great way to promote an accurate understanding of the Bears Ears proposal, and let your community know that you support this historic initiative. It doesn’t take much time and your letter doesn’t need to be long: most newspapers recommend around 300 words.

News outlets to contact & info about submitting LTEs:

Where to start? What to say?

Here are some facts & ideas to get you started:

  • 2 million acre proposed national monument
  • At least 100,000 archaeological sites within the proposed boundary
  • 5 sovereign tribal nations leading the initiative: Navajo, Hopi, Ute Mountain Ute, Zuni, and Uintah Ouray Ute
  • 25 Tribes formally endorse the proposal
  • 270 tribal nations across the U.S. have expressed their support through the National Congress of American Indians
  • 66% of Utahns support designation of Bears Ears National Monument (according to this poll – Jan 2016)
  • 64% of San Juan County, Utah, residents support Bears Ears
  • 6 of 7 Utah Navajo chapter houses voted to support the Bears Ears proposal

Heal the past

  • Protect the Earth
  • Honor Native American cultures
  • Prevent looting and artifact theft
  • Respect for graves and other sacred sites
  • Ensure future generations get to experience this place
  • Elevate Native voices in land management
  • Prohibit further mineral extraction
  • Support government-to-government relations between sovereign tribal nations and the U.S. federal gov’t
  • Conserve this amazing landscape