Navajos Voice Dissent for Bears Ears National Monument

May 19, 2016

With help from the organization Sutherland Institute, members of two chapters of the Navajo Nation have released a video in opposition to a plan that asks President Obama to use the U.S. Antiquities Act to declare 1.9 million acres of tribal area lands as a national  monument.

In a YouTube video, members of the Aneth and the Olijato chapter of the Navajo Nation said turning Bears Ears into a national monument could keep them from accessing roads and resources important to their traditions.

San Juan County Navajos are direct descendants of the Native Americans who used Bears Ears. They argue their chapters use the area more than any other Native American group.