Please join us for a presentation on Bears Ears National Monument. This presentation will provide information on the struggle to protect sacred and ecologically delicate Indigenous lands from natural resource development by the Indigenous-led non-profit organization, Utah Diné Bikéyah, supported and co-sponsored by the American Indian Community House and the American Indian Law Alliance. You will hear about the tribal communities who are organizing to keep the public informed and ready to take action because the reductions are not just an example of indigenous sacred lands under threat but represent impending threats to civil and human rights as well.
Article 11 of the UNDRIP states, “Indigenous peoples have the right to practice and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs. This includes the right to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures, such as archaeological and historical sites, artifacts, designs, ceremonies, …” This goal was in part accomplished by the grassroots initiatives of local Indigenous people who requested the National Monument to protect Bears Ears but President Trump has recently reduced Bears Ears National Monument by 85%.
Thus, Bears Ears National Monument is at the center of a critical discussion about federal or public lands and Indigenous communities, which impacts the cultural and spiritual lives of five federally recognized tribes – Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute, and Ouray and Uintah Ute tribal Nations. Furthermore, President Trump has taken away protections across a vast area of ancestral lands sacred to more than a dozen Tribes in the Southwestern U.S. Therefore, protection of these lands is more crucial than ever.