On Wednesday, President Barack Obama took action to honor and protect the heritage of Native Americans by designating Bears Ears National Monument using his authority under the Antiquities Act.
This is a historic moment — marking the first time that a president has responded to a formal request from sovereign Native American Tribes to use the Antiquities Act to protect public lands and cultural resources. The protection of the Bears Ears cultural landscape is also powerful medicine for healing – of the land, of plants and animals, and for all people who love and whose lives are intertwined with this remarkable place.
President Obama’s action elevates the voices of Tribes, and celebrates the deep ancestral connection we have to Bears Ears. National monument protection means that all people will continue to have access to the land, and traditional uses such as wood collecting, herb gathering, hunting, and conducting ceremonies will be safeguarded forever.
Your efforts played a critical role in the President’s decision, and we are grateful that you have stood with our Tribes to help make this new national monument a reality.
Unfortunately, there are some politicians who have pledged to do all they can to try and undo the President’s action and rescind the national monument.
Please take a moment right now to stand with Bears Ears and urge your Senators to protect Bears Ears National Monument.
Click here to tell your Senators to protect Bears Ears National Monument and thank President Obama for his proclamation.
Your action today will help ensure that Bears Ears National Monument remains protected forever.
Thank you for taking action.
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition