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Bear Ears USGS; Black Bears UFWS
Daneros mine distance from parks
Options to oppose expansion of the Daneros uranium mine, which lies within the proposed Bear Ears National Monument area on US government land: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/attempt-by-canadian-miner-to-expand-uranium-mine-on-us-public-land-near-natural-bridges-national-monument-comment-deadline-monday-1st-august/ Deadline around 4 or 5 pm Monday (Today). Nonetheless, feel free to bother the BLM office any time you wish, as they appear to not be doing their job and must be bored. The mining company won’t even pay royalties and there is apparently a tax loophole. The expansion is for over 41.8 acres. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/expanding-energyfuels-uranium-mine-impact-by-41-8-acres-is-unnecessary-degradation-of-us-public-lands-health-environmental-hazard-comment-to-blm-deadline-monday/
Energy Fuels stock is worth a little over two dollars (US). Currently they send around 1/3rd of their uranium to South Korea.
BLM Att L Daneros uranium mine site
Site of Canadian Miner Energy Fuels Daneros Uranium Mine Expansion
http://web.archive.org/web/20160729072959/https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/54345/75288/83021/Att_L_-_Biological_Survey_Information.pdf

The proposed Bear Ears National Monument is 1.9 million acres of US federally owned public lands, supposed to be managed by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), USFS (US Forest Service), and the NPS (National Park Service). For an overview of the proposal see: http://www.bearsearscoalition.org/proposal-overview/

Sign a Letter to President Obama supporting the creation of the Bear Ears National Monument: http://www.bearsearscoalition.org/action/

Rock Art (NPS photo by Jacob W. Frank)
Rock Art (NPS photo by Jacob W. Frank)
Today, the Bureau of Land Management in Monticello, Utah, is considering using an expedited environmental analysis to allow a subsidiary of Canada-based Energy Fuels to expand a uranium mine in the heart of the Bears Ears region, between Natural Bridges National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The BLM’s plan would permit the company to expand the small existing Daneros uranium mine to ten times its current footprinthttp://www.grandcanyontrust.org/blog/daneros-uranium-mine-call-caution
Horsecollar Ruins (NPS photo by Neal Herbert)
Horsecollar Ruins (NPS photo by Neal Herbert)
A few small excerpts from “PROPOSAL TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA FOR THE CREATION OF BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT“, Submitted by THE BEARS EARS INTER-TRIBAL COALITION A partnership of the Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni Governments, October 15, 2015 follow below:

This is a Tribal proposal for a Presidential proclamation under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to protect historical and scientific objects in an area of 1.9 million acres of ancestral land on the Colorado Plateau. We propose that the most appropriate and effective management regime is Collaborative Management by the Tribes and Federal agencies.

This proposal has been a long time in the making. For six years, grassroots people and Tribal leaders have worked intensively to get to this point. The true origins, however, go back much farther. The need for protecting the Bears Ears landscape has been broad and heartfelt for well over a century. The rampant looting and destruction of the villages, structures, rock markings, and gravesites within the Bears Ears landscape saddened and sickened our ancestors, and that sense of loss and outrage continues today. The depth of our spiritual connection to these places is not widely understood, but it is true that these desecrations to our homeland, structures, implements, and gravesites—insults to the dignity of our societies and Traditional Knowledge as well-wound us physically. By visiting Bears Ears, giving our prayers, and conducting our ceremonies, we heal our bodies and help heal the land itself…” (p. 1)
[…]
Bears Ears is bounded on the west by the Colorado River and by the San Juan River and, to the South, by the Navajo Reservation. On the east and north, the boundary is marked by low bluffs and high mesas and plateaus from White Mesa up to the Colorado River near Moab, Utah.

The Bears Ears proposal is mostly made up of BLM lands, but it meshes with National Park and National Forest lands. Long stretches of the monument’s south border, and part of the west as well, are contiguous with or overlie the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The southwest corner of the monument, of ceremonial importance to Tribes, includes National Recreation Area land. Canyonlands National Park runs adjacent to the proposed monument for a lengthy portion of Bears Ears’ western boundary. Natural Bridges National Monument is located within the proposed monument. The Abajo Mountains, Dark Canyon, Elk Ridge, and surrounding terrain lie within the Manti-La Sal National Forest“. (p.5)
[…]
In the central part of the proposed monument, the stately, arresting natural formation
named Bears Ears rises high above the piñon-juniper forests of broad and long Cedar Mesa, a grand plateau that offers long vistas, most notably from storied Muley Point. Cedar Mesa also is the origin of no fewer than twelve exquisite canyons that drape off the sides of this mesa, including Arch, Slickhorn, Fish, Owl, and Grand Gulch. On Cedar Mesa and in its canyons and throughout Bears Ears, visitors should be on alert for an arch, natural bridge, unexpected side- canyon, bighorn sheep, black bear, or eagle or hawk on the wing.

B. The Long Native American Presence

Wondrous though the natural formations are, the most profound aspect of Bears Ears is the Native presence that has blended into every cliff and corner. This spirit is the beating heart of Bears Ears.

The creation stories of our individual Tribes–the Hopi, Navajo, Uintah & Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni–tell us that our Tribes came to the Bears Ears country at different times.

Some of us have been there forever, and some of us came later, during our travels. All of us know, however, that we have inhabited this Earth, not just for thousands of years, but since time immemorial, since time began. We know that some respected scholars believe that we came more recently. Which view is correct? Perhaps both are.

Our ancestors variously inhabited, crossed, hunted, gathered, prayed, and built civilizations on these lands. Their presence is manifested in migration routes, ancient roads, great houses, villages, granaries, hogans, wikiups, sweat lodges, corrals, petroglyphs and pictographs, tipi rings, and shade houses. Hopi and Zuni people moved from foraging to farming some 3,500 years ago and constructed their stone villages, many of which remain in place today.

Beginning approximately seven hundred years ago, most of the Ancient Puebloans moved to other lands to the east. When the Utes obtained the horse from the Mexicans in the early 1600s, they quickly became master riders and extended their domain to a large part of the Central Rocky Mountains. Their hunting expeditions made their way to the Bears Ears region and they established many trails, including one that led to the hunting grounds of the Henry Mountains.

Navajos hunted and lived in Bears Ears and built hogans and other structures until they were removed against their will to the reservation in the 19th Century. Many other Tribes, (virtually all of whom have formally supported this proposal) also have significant historical contacts with Bears Ears, including the Southern Ute; White Mountain and Jicarilla Apache; San Juan, Kaibab, and Utah Paiute; Hualapai; Havasupai; and the twenty Pueblos of the All Pueblo Council of Governors.

Today’s Tribal people continue to view the Bears Ears country as part of their ancestral homeland and currently use the area….

Bears Ears is home to more than 100,000 Native American cultural sites, ranging from lithic scatter to granaries to complex villages. Some are in faraway backcountry. Others require a day hike. Still others are easily accessible. This is one of the world’s premier areas for reflection on the work of long-ago societies. These sites are treasured by anyone who visits them, and members of all Tribes are deeply moved by them. “Cedar Mesa is a part of our footprints, a path that tells a story. History is crucial to man because it tells us of who we are.

Those who lived before us have never left. Their voices are part of the rhythm or heartbeat of the universe and will echo through eternity.”(Alfred Lomahquahu, Hopi) “The importance of Bears Ears for our people is through our ancestral sites that were left behind eons ago by our ancestors. They documented the sites by using oral history, pictographs, and by leaving their belongings. When we visit Bears Ears, we connect with our migration history immediately without doubt. With that, we must preserve, manage and educate our future generations.” (Phillip Vicenti, Zuni)“(pp. 8-10)
[…]
The Tribes Are Forced Off the Land
The United States’ “Manifest Destiny” movement, with its aim of settling the West for American homesteaders, reached the Bears Ears region in the early 1850s. The Tribes dug in, trying to save their homelands. In 1864, the cavalry rounded up 8,000 Navajos and force- marched them on the Long Walk to brutal confinement at Bosque Redondo in New Mexico. After four years, the Navajo Nation and United States signed the 1868 Treaty and the prisoners were marched to the new reservation. In the years that followed, the Cavalry then kept the Navajos and the other Southwestern tribes on their reservations, which did not include the Bears Ears landscape….
“(pp. 10-11) Emphasis added; Read the entire 66 page proposal, as submitted to President Obama and found here: http://www.bearsearscoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Bears-Ears-Inter-Tribal-Coalition-Proposal-10-15-15.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River
BLM set to approve expansion of inactive uranium mine in Utah“, By BRIAN MAFFLY, The Salt Lake Tribune ,First Published Jul 29 2016 06:30PM, Last Updated Jul 29 2016 09:46 pm
See: https://web.archive.org/web/20160801005658/http://www.sltrib.com/home/4173217-155/blm-set-to-approve-expansion-of

Top photo: Bear Ears Photo from the USGS; “Black Bear Family
Mother and three cubs cross the road at Alligator River National WIldlife Refuge
“. Photo Credit: USFW, Jim Teller, @hatterasbeaches (Note that the bears in photo are the cousins, on the other side of the country, of the ones found in the Bear Ears landscape.)