Leaked Documents: Trump to Shrink Bears Ears National Monument by 85 Percent

oseph Tolman
Proposed breakup of Bears Ears National Monument. Map provided by Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, which said the source is the Department of Interior.

Published December 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – In yet another attack on American Indian tribes, President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order on Monday, December 4 to dramatically shrink Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. Leaked maps indicate the administration’s attack is a stunning affront to Native sovereignty. Bears Ears is the ancestral and spiritual home of the Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni tribes, and is a vital and irreplaceable part of Indigenous culture.

The designation of Bears Ears National Monument was an important step in protecting Indigenous culture and advancing tribal sovereignty which took decades to achieve. In establishing Bears Ears, the Obama administration required an unprecedented system of tribal-federal co-management of the land. This progress is now on the verge of being gutted by President Trump, who has demonstrated little regard or respect for Native nations.

The tribes defending Bears Ears will not stand for this assault on tribal rights, sacred ancestral lands, and local communities for the benefit of corporate interests. Native communities are rallying and taking the fight to the courts. Upcoming actions include: 


Saturday, December 2 

1-2:30pm MST: MST Utah Diné Bikéyah and conservation groups will host a rally on the south steps of the Utah State Capitol. Speakers include representatives from the Navajo Nation, Confederated Tribes of Goshute, and the Utah state government, among other Bears Ears allies and partners.The rally is scheduled to take place from 1-2:30pm MST. The Capitol is located at 350 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Speakers will be available to talk to media after the rally, inside the Rotunda.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/162299857692025/
Link to Facebook live stream.


Sunday, December 3 

9:30am MST: Overflight. Utah Diné Bikéyah, Friends of Cedar Mesa, and EcoFlight will offer a fly-over of Bears Ears National Monument to share its stunning beauty and importance to Native communities. Space is limited. Please contact Jane Pargiter at EcoFlight 970-618-5443 or jane@ecoflight.org to reserve a spot. Flight leaves from Blanding Municipal Airport (212 Freedom Way, Blanding, UT 84511).

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