A Native American advocacy group is making a long shot request for an independent expert with the United Nations Human Rights Council to order the United States to respond to ongoing human right violations it says are happening at Bears Ears National Monument.
The Deseret News reported Tuesday that Utah Dine Bikeyah leaders say ongoing grave robbing and looting of cultural artifacts merit action and intervention. The group didn't provide any statistics to back the claim in its official letter.
Utah Dine Bikeyah wants the expert to direct the United States to adopt the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into law.
The advocacy organization is one of many at the center of a fight over changes to the monument's boundaries in southeast Utah.