NARF Stands Firm for the Bears Ears National Monument Designation


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The Native American Rights Fund has long supported the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. This designation was the first under the Antiquities Act, and it came in direct response to an unprecedented partnership between the United States government and sovereign Native American tribes.

Native American Rights Fund Executive Director John Echohawk has noted that, “[i]n a very real sense, this is a monument to justice as much as conservation. The Bears Ears National Monument protects a living cultural landscape, a place of migration and habitation used by Native Americans since time immemorial.”  The creation of the Bears Ears National Monument marked “a significant step towards strengthening tribal sovereignty” with a commitment from the federal government to work together with tribal nations to manage ancestral lands. As Echohawk explained, “[t]his is a dramatically different level of collaborative management with tribes, ensuring their engagement isn’t merely advisory, but substantive and indispensable.”

NARF stands firm with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah Ouray, Hopi Nation, and Zuni Tribe; we will work to protect the Bears Ears National Monument.

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