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We’ll tell the next generation, ‘You see that ash pit over there, that’s where Bears Ears was. Now it’s a uranium mine“, Davis Filfred, Navajo Nation. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/04/native-american-alliance-bears-ears-trump

Bears Ears and ruins By Josh Ewing

@savebearsears‪ “We as a sovereign nation, a Tribal Council, approved the resolution saying that we want the Bears Ears designation.” – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye. #StandWithBearsEars! @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse #MonumentsForAll‬

President Trump’s proposal to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument leaves tens of thousands of sacred sites vulnerable to looting and grave robbing—the very threats the Antiquities Act was designed to protect against—as well as to fossil fuel development and uranium mining.” (Bears Ears Coalition News Release)

The Bears Ears Commission of Tribes holds a vision of a Bears Ears National Monument that is a landscape of healing for all Americans and a symbol of Native American and community engagement in our nation’s public lands.” said James Adakai, Navajo Nation Oljato Chapter President. “Today’s actions fundamentally undermine this vision, tribal sovereignty, and the cultural heritage of all Americans.” (Bears Ears Coalition News Release)

Native Americans to Sue Trump Over National Monument Downsizing” December 04, 2017 6:00 PM, Cecily Hilleary
: https://www.voanews.com/a/native-americans-to-sue-trump-over-national-monuments-downsizing/4149014.html

From Bears Ears Coalition:
Tribal Leaders Extremely Disappointed over Action by President Trump to Revoke and Replace Bears Ears National Monument
Monument Valley, Utah (December 4, 2017) Leaders of the five Tribes that advocated for creation of the Bears Ears National Monument expressed indignation over President Trump’s unlawful and unilateral move to revoke and replace Bears Ears National Monument. Despite multiple requests from tribal leaders to meet with him on Bears Ears, President Trump made up his mind and acted without meeting with the Tribes whose cultures, lands and history the monument is intended to protect. This is in keeping with Secretary Zinke’s failure to adequately consult and engage with the Tribes on Bears Ears….
“. Read the entire news release both further below and here: https://bearsearscoalition.org/tribal-leaders-extremely-disappointed-over-action-by-president-trump-to-revoke-and-replace-bears-ears-national-monument/

From Bears Ears Coalition:
BEARS EARS COMMISSION OF TRIBES CONDEMNS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S UNILATERAL ACTION TO REVOKE BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT
(Bluff, Utah) December 4, 2017 – Leaders of the Bears Ears Commission of Tribes (Commission) expressed dismay at today’s action by President Trump that attempts to revoke and replace Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah by creating two different, smaller national monuments that reduce protections for over 1 million acres of land. The Commission is the legal body of tribal representatives chartered by the Bears Ears National Monument proclamation of December 28, 2016. The proclamation charged the Commission with working with the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to ensure that the management of the Bears Ears National Monument reflects tribal expertise and traditional knowledge…
” Read the entire news release both further below and here: https://bearsearscoalition.org/bears-ears-commission-of-tribes-condemns-president-trumps-unilateral-action-to-revoke-bears-ears-national-monument/

Trump apparently wants this area opened up for oil and gas, coal, but also uranium mining: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/why-special-interests-want-bear-ears-national-monument-gone-uranium-oil-and-gas/

Detailed maps of uranium and fossil fuel potential found here overlayed with national monument boundaries new and old: https://suwa.org/oil-gas-coal-mining-interests-stand-gain-trumps-illegal-repeal-grand-staircase-escalante-bears-ears-national-monuments/ https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/uranium-development-potential-in-bears-ears-national-monument_2017-12-4.pdf

Maps of the original Bears Ears proposal; original Bears Ears Monument Boundaries and new Trump boundaries found further below.


Below are thumbnail photos of places cut from Bears Ears National Monument by Trump (i.e. No longer protected) from here: https://goo.gl/zEYzqE via https://bearsearscoalition.org/tribal-leaders-extremely-disappointed-over-action-by-president-trump-to-revoke-and-replace-bears-ears-national-monument/











Entire Press Release From Bears Ears Coalition:
BEARS EARS COMMISSION OF TRIBES CONDEMNS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S UNILATERAL ACTION TO REVOKE BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT (Bluff, Utah) December 4, 2017 – Leaders of the Bears Ears Commission of Tribes (Commission) expressed dismay at today’s action by President Trump that attempts to revoke and replace Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah by creating two different, smaller national monuments that reduce protections for over 1 million acres of land. The Commission is the legal body of tribal representatives chartered by the Bears Ears National Monument proclamation of December 28, 2016. The proclamation charged the Commission with working with the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to ensure that the management of the Bears Ears National Monument reflects tribal expertise and traditional knowledge.

“The Bears Ears Commission of Tribes holds a vision of a Bears Ears National Monument that is a landscape of healing for all Americans and a symbol of Native American and community engagement in our nation’s public lands.” said James Adakai, Navajo Nation Oljato Chapter President. “Today’s actions fundamentally undermine this vision, tribal sovereignty, and the cultural heritage of all Americans.”

“Because we are Commissioners, any decisions made regarding the fate of Bears Ears National Monument must involve us – the president is required by law to do so, but he did not involve us,” said Terry Knight, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. “In the decision today, President Trump has dishonored our longstanding ties to this cultural landscape and the government to government relationship that our sovereign tribes have with the United States government.”

“Secretary Zinke and Utah politicians say that they have talked to tribes about the president’s decision, but none of our Council leaders, executives, or our Commissioners were contacted,” said Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Director of the Hopi Tribe Cultural Preservation Office. “Working with tribes means leaving Bears Ears intact and supporting the Commission’s efforts to bring our tribal expertise to the management of the Bears Ears National Monument – not leaving our important sites of pilgrimage, prayer, and the homes and graves of our ancestors unprotected.”

“Bears Ears National Monument has brought much joy to our people,” said Carleton Bowekaty, Pueblo of Zuni Tribal Councilman. “Our responsibility is to move forward as collaborative managers of this sacred landscape, and to protect our heritage for all Americans for the benefit of all people. We will continue to do so until this matter is resolved by the courts.”

The members of the Bears Ears Commission of Tribes are: Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Director of the Hopi Tribe Cultural Preservation Office; Davis Filfred, Navajo Nation Delegate and James Adakai, Navajo Nation Oljato Chapter President; Shaun Chapoose, Member of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee; Terry Knight, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe; and Carleton Bowekaty, Zuni Tribal Councilman.” ##### https://bearsearscoalition.org/bears-ears-commission-of-tribes-condemns-president-trumps-unilateral-action-to-revoke-bears-ears-national-monument/

Entire Bears Ears Coalition News Release:
Tribal Leaders Extremely Disappointed over Action by President Trump to Revoke and Replace Bears Ears National Monument

Monument Valley, Utah (December 4, 2017) Leaders of the five Tribes that advocated for creation of the Bears Ears National Monument expressed indignation over President Trump’s unlawful and unilateral move to revoke and replace Bears Ears National Monument. Despite multiple requests from tribal leaders to meet with him on Bears Ears, President Trump made up his mind and acted without meeting with the Tribes whose cultures, lands and history the monument is intended to protect. This is in keeping with Secretary Zinke’s failure to adequately consult and engage with the Tribes on Bears Ears.

“President Trump’s illegal action is a shameful attack on Tribes, and it will not stand,” stated Carleton Bowekaty, Zuni councilman. “The President’s action is without legal authority and without respect for the Native Americans that worked for decades to protect these resources. His proposal is a strong statement to Tribes across the nation that Native American values and interests are not important to the Trump administration.”

“Bears Ears isn’t just about a few artifacts in isolated locations. Our cultures are still here and still thriving,” said Shaun Chapoose, member of the Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee. “The Bears Ears region is a cultural landscape – a place to nurture our families in our traditions. The monument came about through government-to-government negotiations with the previous administration, state and local officials. The President’s proposed unilateral action pleases a few powerful Utah Politicians. It’s a sad state of affairs, but we are prepared to fight for our rights, and to protect Bears Ears.”

“We have direct ties to the Bears Ears region, and this area is immensely important to us. We wanted to educate President Trump about our connection to Bears Ears, but he ignored our request,” said Harold Cuthair, Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Chairman. “We will not stand by and let this happen without a fight.” Cuthair continued.


“President Trump’s arbitrary proposal to eliminate protections for sacred lands leaves tens of thousands of historical and cultural sites vulnerable,” said Alfred Lomahquahu of the Hopi Tribe. “The monument was already greatly reduced from what the Tribes originally requested. Now, without consultation and without notification, President Trump is breaking the government’s promise to work with Tribes to protect the homeland of our ancestors.”

“The Navajo Nation has made repeated requests to meet with President Trump on this issue. The Bears Ears Monument is of critical importance, not only to the Navajo Nation but to many tribes in the region,” President Begaye said. “The decision to reduce the size of the Monument is being made with no tribal consultation. The Navajo Nation will defend Bears Ears. The reduction to the size of the Monument leaves us no choice but to litigate this decision.”

“Bears Ears National Monument is not just for Native Americans but for all Americans,” Vice President Jonathan Nez said. “This is a sad day for indigenous people and for America. However, we are resilient and refuse to allow President Trump’s unlawful decision to discourage us. We will continue to fight in honor of our ancestral warriors who fought for our way of life, for our culture and for our land too.”

“More than 150 years ago, the federal government removed our ancestors from Bears Ears at gunpoint and sent them on the Long Walk, but we came back,” said Navajo Nation Council Delegate Davis Filfred, who represents five of the seven Utah Chapters (county-like governments of the Navajo Nation). “The President’s proposal is an attack on Tribes and will be remembered as equally disgraceful —but once again we will be back. We know how to persist; we know how to fight; and we will fight to defend Bears Ears.”

Bears Ears has been home to Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni people for countless generations. The national monument took more than 80 years to designate. The original proclamation by President Obama acknowledges a cultural landscape rich in antiquities, with hundreds of thousands of archaeological and cultural sites sacred to dozens of tribes.

President Trump’s proposal to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument leaves tens of thousands of sacred sites vulnerable to looting and grave robbing—the very threats the Antiquities Act was designed to protect against—as well as to fossil fuel development and uranium mining.

Royalty-free still images of places cut from Bears Ears National Monument are available here: https://goo.gl/zEYzqE
Royalty-free video b roll of places cut from Bears Ears National Monument is available here: https://goo.gl/YyH71G
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In legal matters, the Navajo Nation is represented by the Navajo Nation Department of Justice; the Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes are represented by the Native American Rights Fund; and Ute Indian Tribe is represented by Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP.
The Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni Tribal Governments are working together to defend Bears Ears National Monument
“. http://ProtectBearsEars.org/. https://bearsearscoalition.org/tribal-leaders-extremely-disappointed-over-action-by-president-trump-to-revoke-and-replace-bears-ears-national-monument/ (Emphasis our own.)


‪http://bearsearscoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Bears-Ears-National-Monument-Boundary-Modification_0.pdf‬ http://bearsearscoalition.org/maps-by-trump-administration-show-plans-to-gut-bears-ears-national-monument‬

The original Intertribal Coalition proposal for the Bears Ears Monument is to the far right. The BLM probably put them in that order to make people think that it grew, when it shrank in size. Both Republican Congressman Rob Bishop (middle map) and President Obama (far left) chewed off huge parts of Bear Ears Monument (i.e. protection). Why? The Canadian Miner Energy Fuels’ Daneros uranium mine site area appears to have been excluded from protection. Related: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/bear-ears-monument-partial-win-is-canadian-energy-fuels-uranium-mine-included-or-excluded/