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President Trump needs to hear your voice. Utahns have suffered the consequences of federal overreach long enough. Thousands of Native Americans and fellow Utahns do not want the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. Join us as we stand in solidarity with local Native Americans and San Juan County residents by leaving a comment at the link below. Your message will be sent to President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Make sure your voice is heard.

The Bears Ears Story

Last year, President Barack Obama gave in to pressure from corporate interests, extreme environmental groups and out-of-state tribal leaders by designating the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. This decision was not about sensible land management policy or the well-being of locals whose culture and livelihood depend on public lands. Instead, it was a narrow-minded and unilateral decision that ignored grassroots Native American groups, local and state elected representatives, and the people of San Juan County. They deserve better. We invite you to stand with locals in opposition and call on the Trump Administration to act.

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The truth about the Bears Ears National Monument

You’ve heard the myths. Now let’s get the facts straight.


An overwhelming majority of local Native Americans oppose the Bears Ears National Monument and have actively voiced their opinion through resolutions, protests, and other grassroots efforts. What Native American support does exist for the monument comes from outside of San Juan County – far removed from the land and people who know it best.

San Juan County residents and their elected representatives oppose the monument

Utah’s entire congressional delegation, Governor Gary Herbert, the state Legislature, and all of San Juan County’s commissioners and city councils proudly and openly oppose the Bears Ears National Monument. Sadly, President Obama’s unilateral decision ignored San Juan County’s elected officials and, by extension, local voices.

Adding another national monument to San Juan County will not improve the local economy

San Juan County currently contains all or part of one national park, three national monuments, a national recreation area and a national forest. Yet it is the poorest county in the state of Utah and one of the most economically depressed counties in the entire nation. Healthy economies rely on a host of activities to drive them, and tourism alone is not the answer to San Juan County’s economic woes.


President Obama’s monument declaration charges the BLM and USFS to provide added protections for the new national monument. However, these two federal agencies are strapped for cash – having a combined deferred maintenance backlog of more than $6 billion. When you consider that the new monument will bring more tourists but not added protection, it is clear that the cliff dwellings, cultural resources and pristine landscape will be put at risk as never before.


No one has a more vested interest in protecting and preserving the Bears Ears region than the people of San Juan County. Their history, culture and future are tied to the land. The assertion that San Juan County residents are destroying cultural resources and exploiting the land is not only false, but offensive.

Corporate interests, environmental groups and out-of-state tribal leaders co-opted the monument designation process

Outside influence and deception defined the campaign to designate the Bears Ears region as a national monument with special interest groups using federal power as a means of securing their agenda, despite local opposition. Some groups even went as far as busing people in to drown out local voices when then-Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited San Juan County last summer.

Monument promises aren’t always kept

San Juan County residents have seen firsthand that federal land managers don’t always keep good on the promises made in national monument proclamations. For example, despite grazing being expressly authorized and guaranteed to remain at historical levels in a number of presidential proclamations, ranchers across the West have seen a decline in the number of grazing livestock within national monuments. Promises of continued access to firewood, traditional resources and recreation cannot be backed up.

Land management doesn’t have to be seen in terms of winners and losers

Economic development, conservation, protection of cultural resources and recreation can all coexist on public lands. Extreme environmental groups’ narrative that only their narrow-minded and exclusive uses of the land can protect the area is fundamentally false. San Juan County residents know that public lands can be – and ought to be – put to multiple, often complementary uses.

No Co-Management for Native American tribes

This national monument will not be “co-managed” by tribes. The proclamation clearly states that all final decisions will be made by the federal government.

The People Of Bears Ears

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What’s Been Said

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My view: Misuse of national executive authority over Utah’s lands

The Antiquities Act: Choosing Winners And Losers

Op-ed: Bears Ears Monument runs counter to American ideals

My view: Bears Ears: False choice vs. real solution

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Op-ed: Public Lands Initiative a good compromise that Utahns should support

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Voices of Central and Southern Utah

Senator Dabakis Silences hundreds of San Juan County Citizens

Latest Bears Ears poll transmits a false sense of security

The proposed Bears Ears national monument: A story of big money, out-of-state tribal leaders and environmental group collusion


Call, write, and email Secretary Zinke asking him to rescind Bears Ears National Monument

Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Phone: (202) 208-3100
Email: Email Dept. of the Interior