On Monday, President Trump announced an 85 percent reduction in the land area of Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah. This is a monumental mistake. Join us in urging your lawmakers in Washington to show their support for the preservation of this priceless cultural landscape.
In the words of Utah Navajo elder Mark Maryboy, “Bears Ears is one of the last undisturbed areas our people have.” It is “full of historic, archeological, and paleontological sites, and biological and ecological species that need protection. For those reasons, it’s very important that we protect the earth, the plants, and the special ceremonial places in Bears Ears for future generations—not just for Native Americans, but for everybody.”
As we fight Trump’s efforts to reduce the monument in court, we are also supporting enhanced protections in Congress. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) has just introduced a bill to protect the Bears Ears National Monument by expanding its boundaries to 1.9 million acres, as originally recommended by the five Native American tribes who first proposed the monument’s designation to the Obama administration. Gallego’s bill would also ensure that management decisions affecting the monument would reflect tribal expertise, as well as traditional and historical knowledge.
Let’s show Washington that we care about the future of one of our nation’s most important cultural landscapes. We’ve prepared a sample letter that you may send to your elected officials today.