Bears Ears National Monument

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Kate Sarther Gann
Communications Coordinator
(520) 882-6946, ext. 16

2019
13
Feb

BLM Temporarily Defers Leases in Chaco Buffer Zone

BLM Temporarily Defers Leases in Chaco Buffer Zone The U.S. Bureau of Land Management reversed course Friday, saying certain land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park would no longer be offered at an oil and gas lease sale in March. Environmental advocates, tribal groups and Democratic lawma...
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2019
15
Jan

Shutdown Leads to Closure of Mesa Verde National Park

Shutdown Leads to Closure of Mesa Verde National Park An unpaid park ranger posted at the front entrance to Mesa Verde National Park has been turning away visitors for about two weeks because the partial federal government shutdown has parked the snowplows. There are no paid plow operators in the p...
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2019
08
Jan

Developing a Land Management Plan for Bears Ears

Developing a Land Management Plan for Bears Ears The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition intends to proceed with the development of a comprehensive land management plan for the 1.9 million-acre landscape that was incorporated into the Coalition’s original proposal to the Obama administration. The C...
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2018
26
Dec

Their Lands: Native Americans on Monument Reduction

Their Lands: Native Americans on Monument Reduction Every few months for much of his life, the 66-year-old Navajo spiritual leader has trekked from his nearby home to this slice of land in southeastern Utah, not far from the base of the Bears Ears buttes, to gather sage. Throughout the year, he use...
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2018
04
Dec

Thank You for Commenting

Unprecedented Number of Comments Submitted on Behalf of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Organizations in Utah announced Tuesday that Americans across the country submitted more than 500,000 comments on the future of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This outsized...
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2018
09
Oct

All Pueblo Council of Governors Takes Case for Chaco Protection to DC

Commentary: All Pueblo Council of Governors Takes Case for Chaco Protection to DC Whether it is through the BLM and BIA management plan, the proposed federal legislation, or both, we want decision makers in D.C. to know that just as the United States takes great care to preserve churches, we would ...
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2018
02
Oct

Defending Cultural Landscapes, Latest Edition

NPR’s Science Friday Features Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments The reduction opened up nearly 2 million acres of previously protected federal land to fossil fuel and mineral exploitation, angering Native Americans, for whom the land is historically and spiritually signi...
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2018
26
Sep

Monument Defense Lawsuits to Be Heard in Washington DC

Monument Defense Lawsuits to Be Heard in Washington DC A federal judge has denied the government’s effort to move the lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s shrinking of the Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to Salt Lake City and will keep them here. Judge Tanya...
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2018
11
Sep

Bears Ears Education Center Opens September 22

Bears Ears Education Center Opens September 22 Instead, the goal of the new Bears Ears Education Center is to serve up what its organizers say the federal government has neglected to provide — a way to teach the public about protecting the precious but sensitive cultural history in this archaeolo...
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2018
10
Jul

How to Honor Sacred Native American Sites: A Guide for Visitors

How to Honor Sacred Native American Sites: A Guide for Visitors Lyle Balenquah is a Hopi archeologist and river guide who spends a lot of time in Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument. Compared to many other national parks and monuments, Bears Ears is relatively unregulated, with few rangers to pro...
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2018
02
Mar

Greater Bears Ears as Borderlands

Today’s post is by our friend and frequent contributor R. E. Burrillo, who co-edited, with Benjamin A. Bellorado, the new issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine, “Sacred and Threatened: The Cultural Landscapes of Greater Bears Ears,” released today. R. E. Burrillo, SWCA Environmental Cons...
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2018
25
Jan

Statement on Shash Jáa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act (H.R. 4532)

Statement of Archaeology Southwest William Doelle, President and CEO Shash Jáa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act (H.R. 4532) House Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee Hearing January 9, 2018 Chairman McClintock, Ranking Member Hanabusa, and members of the Commit...
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