Elected leaders from Navajo Nation and Ute Mountain Ute tribe speak out on behalf of the proposal to create a Bears Ears National Monument on the same day that the Utah legislature passes a resolution opposing the idea. National monument designation is the official policy of five sovereign tribal nations, and supported by 25 other tribes and the National Congress of American Indians.
Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition – “We’ve Never Left”
Featuring footage from the 2015 Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Summer Gathering, Joseph Suina (Cochiti), Manuel Heart (Ute), Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk (Ute), and Phillip Vicenti (Zuni) speak on the importance of Bears Ears to Native people.
Join tribes in asking President Obama to #ProtectBearsEarsNow by signing the petition here.
Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition – Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk – The Importance of Bears Ears
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a coalition of sovereign Tribal Nations, held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 15, 2015 to discuss their proposal to the Utah delegation and the White House to designate a Bears Ears National Monument. Speakers are Eric Descheenie, Co-chair of the Inter-Tribal Coalition and Special Advisor to President and Vice President of the Navajo Nation; Alfred Lomahquahu, Co-chair of the Inter-Tribal Coalition and Vice Chairman of the Hopi Tribe; Phillip Vicenti, Head Councilman of Pueblo of Zuni Tribal Council; Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Tribal Council Member at Ute Mountain Ute Tribe; Willie Grayeyes, Chairmen of Utah Diné Bikéyah; and Malcolm Lehi, Tribal Council Member at Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Visit ProtectBearsEars.org for more information.