Tribes Formally Present Bears Ears Proposal to Pres. Obama

Inter-Tribal Coalition Bears Ears Press Conference in DC
Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition Co-Chair
Eric Descheenie at the National Press Club.

Last week, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition traveled to Washington, D.C., to deliver their proposal to President Obama to protect 1.9 million acres of public land in southern Utah as a collaboratively managed national monument. A copy of the proposal was also delivered to Representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz of Utah.

“We are not stakeholders here,” said Eric Descheenie, Coalition Co-Chair and Advisor to the President of the Navajo Nation, at a press conference held at the National Press Club. “We are relatives to these lands, and we have something to say.”

Click here to watch a five-minute video highlight of the Inter-Tribal Coalition’s press conference in D.C.

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is a partnership of five Tribes: Ute Mountain Ute, Uintah Ouray Ute, Hopi, Zuni, and Navajo. With a new resolution of support from the National Congress of American Indians, nearly 300 Tribes stand behind the effort to Protect Bears Ears.

SUWA fully supports the proposal to create a Bears Ears National Monument. We’re excited to see Tribes lead this effort to protect lands that SUWA has worked for decades to defend. (One of our very first campaigns, more than 30 years ago, was to prevent the BLM from chaining just below the Bears Ears themselves.)

Click here to sign the Inter-Tribal Coalition’s petition to protect Bears Ears.

At the press conference, tribal leaders emphasized that their proposal is about healing and bringing people together.

“This is a humanistic endeavor for healing not just for Native people, but all people,” said Eric Descheenie.

Please, take a moment to stand with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition by signing their petition and liking the Coalition on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for all that you do.

Mathew Gross
Matt Gross photo
Media Director
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

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