Protect BearsEars National Monument

We are raising funds to send representatives from the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and Ute tribes to Southwest Symposium in Denver in January 2018.

Since the 1906 signing of the Antiquities Act, 16 presidents, 8 from each party, have designated over 150 national monuments. BUT, it was not until the effort to establish Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah that the impetus to use the Antiquities Act to protect places that celebrate Native American heritage was actually led by Native Americans. After an intensive advocacy campaign that was opposed by many Utah elected officials, in particular, Bears Ears National Monument was proclaimed under the Antiquities Act by President Barack Obama on December 28, 2016. While the monument exists as of this writing, there is an expectation of an imminent executive action by the Trump administration to diminish, most likely dramatically, the size of the 1.35 million-acre monument established by Obama’s proclamation.

Sending tribal representatives to participate in the Southwest Symposium provides the intellectual underpinnings that lawyers can rely on in their defense of Bears Ears. It also provides material for social media to put out the story of Bears Ears to a public audience. This is part of the slogging, day-to-day hard work that is necessary to fight against these efforts to downsize Bears Ears.

  • Julia Cleary 
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
  • Meg Nightingale 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • David Root 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Lisa Pfost 
    • $500 
    • 45 mos
  • Jennifer K 
    • $25 
    • 45 mos
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Taylor Crevola 
Portland, OR
Archaeology Southwest 
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