For decades, Native American tribes and others have been
advocating for the protection of a landscape in Utah that is vital to their
history and culture, known as Bears Ears. Rampant looting, grave robbing, irresponsible
off-road vehicle use, energy development and the destruction of historic structures and rock art
threaten the survival of this unique place.
Recently, the Bears Ears
Inter-Tribal Coalition, a partnership of five sovereign Indian nations, petitioned President Barack Obama to use the Antiquities Act
to proclaim Bears Ears a national monument to end the destruction of these
sacred lands and protect Bears Ears for the benefit of all Americans.
Now is the time for action. With your
help, we can ensure President Obama protects this region and the Tribes' place
Bears Ears region is named for twin
buttes in the heart of the landscape that rise high above the piñon-juniper forests, inspiring arches and arresting red rock formations
that adorn the renowned and majestic Cedar Mesa. Bears Ears is adjacent to
Canyonlands National Park, and is every bit as spectacular as it and the other
great parks and monuments of the Colorado Plateau.
A national monument would help safeguard tens of thousands of
important cultural sites of the Ancestral Puebloan people in Bears Ears. In the
absence of leadership by state leaders and Congress, President Obama has the
opportunity and the authority to set in
place permanent protection measures for the historic region. Please ask him
to protect Bears Ears as a national monument.
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