Tell the Interior to Save Bears Ears and Honor Tribes

After issuing a recommendation to shrink Bears Ears National Monument on June 12, Sec. Zinke extended the comment period for Bears Ears. We now have until July 10th to submit comments to save the Bears Ears National Monument - a designation that honors Tribes and protects a cultural landscape.  


Please make your voice heard! Let the Administration and Department of Interior know that you don't support the recommendation to shrink Bears Ears.


Dear Secretary Zinke,

I am very disappointed and concerned that this Executive Order threatens the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and dishonors Tribes. Bears Ears was exactly the landscape the Antiquities Act – a law that has been used by 16 Presidents of both parties to safeguard our national treasures – was enacted to protect. I support the Bears Ears National Monument and strongly urge you to uphold the monument’s current boundaries.

Bears Ears is a sacred landscape with more than 100,000 Native American cultural sites. The proposal to establish it was developed by a coalition of five sovereign Tribal Governments (Hopi, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute, and Zuni). The Bears Ears Commission representing these five tribes is proud to steward the Bears Ears National Monument. Bears Ears is also home to scientific wonders, irreplaceable wildlife and biodiversity and recreational opportunities that form a vital base to the local economy. That is why Utahns and Americans across the country like me have agreed it should be protected for future generations.

This designation received an enormous amount of careful consideration, including years of listening to stakeholders. Dozens of community meetings and public discussions were held throughout 2016, including a well-attended public meeting with then-Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in Bluff, Utah. The final monument designation boundaries are very close to what was proposed in the Utah delegation’s Public Lands Initiative (PLI), and much smaller (550,000 acres) than the Tribally-led proposal. Please leave Bears Ears National Monument’s boundaries intact so that future generations will be able to explore, enjoy, and learn from this national treasure.