Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Navajo Nation defends Bears Ears National Monument

On Jan. 5, the Navajo Nation Council’s Naabik’iyátí’ Committee voted 19-0 to pass a resolution supporting the presidential proclamation establishing the Bears Ears National Monument and opposing any congressional action that seeks to reverse the designation. The Navajo Nation’s action came as Utah’s congressional delegation and Utah’s state legislature continue to lobby President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke to take action to reverse the Bears Ears National Monument designation. “The Navajo Nation remains committed to defending Bears Ears, and we oppose any action to diminish or eliminate the designation,” said Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland). The Bears Ears cultural landscape has been the subject of administrative, legislative, and local efforts to protect it for more than 80 years, and former President Barack Obama’s proclamation on Dec. 28, realized that protection in the form of the new Bears Ears National Monument...more

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