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Native American Utahns look for monumental success

January 24, 2017

After celebrating the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument, Native American Utahns are looking to work with others to make the monument a success. Local tribal leaders who pushed for the region’s protection are urging county and state officials to support the monument.

These efforts come as Utah’s congressional delegation tries to nullify the Bears Ears National Monument, rather than work with stakeholders to ensure it succeeds.

Last week the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service announced their next steps to work with local communities to develop a management plan for the new monument. The agencies are expected to meet with Native American tribes and host a series of public open houses in February.

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“Native American citizens in San Juan County are ready to craft a future together in the place we have always called home, and we must ensure the next chapter is about healing. The Bears Ears National Monument can be a great thing for all Americans, but only if we realize its potential together.”

—Kenneth Maryboy, president-elect, Mexican Water Chapter House, Navajo Nation, Salt Lake Tribune

 

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