Stop the destruction--protect Bears Ears as a national monument

Bears Ears (Utah)
Bears Ears (Utah). Photo credit: Tim D. Peterson.

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 in it.

The Bears Ears region is named for twin buttes in the heart of the landscape that rise high above the piƱon-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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