Bears Ears

Groups, Tribes Battle Trump's Plan To Develop Utah Monuments

Feb 11, 2020
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The Trump administration announced plans last week to permit drilling, mining and grazing in southern Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments beginning in 202. Conservationists and Native American tribes are fighting in federal court to block the government's plan.

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Bill Lipe is professor emeritus of anthropology at Washington State University. He has spent much of his more than 50 year career in Utah archaeology beginning with the archaeological salvage of Glen Canyon before the dam construction and on into Cedar Mesa where he became a leading scholar in the early Basketmaker agricultural societies of southeastern Utah. Dr. Lipe began his work at a time when there was little federal legislation protecting archaeology or guiding preservation efforts.

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As the appointed committee for the management of Bears Ears National Monument meets for the first time today, stakeholders hope they can agree on the monument’s future. But for tribal advocates of the monument, they don’t believe the committee itself was fairly chosen.

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Bill Lipe is professor emeritus of anthropology at Washington State University. He has spent much of his more than 50 year career in Utah archaeology beginning with the archaeological salvage of Glen Canyon before the dam construction and on into Cedar Mesa where he became a leading scholar in the early Basketmaker agricultural societies of southeastern Utah. Dr. Lipe began his work at a time when there was little federal legislation protecting archaeology or guiding preservation efforts.

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At its heart, it’s a battle for homeland and sovereignty. Bears Ears, a remote section of land characterized by its distinctive red cliffs and abundance of juniper and sage, is at the center of a fight over who has a say in how Western landscapes are protected and managed. “Battle Over Bears Ears,” a new documentary film, explores the deep connections to place and the vast cultural divides that are fueling the fight over how the Bears Ears Monument is protected and managed. Whose voices are heard, whose are lost, and how do all sides find common ground in this uncommon place?

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One environmental organization is challenging what it says is a "culture of secrecy" created under Secretary Ryan Zinke in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The organization, Earthjustice, has requested documents related to decisions about allowed uses in Utah’s Bear Ears and surrounding areas.

Utah Native Americans At The 2016 Summer Gathering
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A Utah indigenous grassroots organization will host its fourth annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument at the end of July. Utah Diné Bikéyah is involved in ongoing battles to conserve cultural lands.

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Progress has been made to find a new home for a southern Utah town's elementary school students, who deal with crowding, backed up sewage and even ceiling tiles falling onto desks in the middle of class.

Bluff Elementary, which sits on soil saturated with septic effluent, was built in the 1950s and is too old for improvements.

San Juan School District's Bluff Elementary School
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Progress has been made to find a new home for a southern Utah town's elementary school students, who deal with crowding, backed up sewage and even ceiling tiles falling onto desks in the middle of class.

Bluff Elementary, which sits on soil saturated with septic effluent, was built in the 1950s and is too old for improvements.

Ron Maxwell was born in 1949. Throughout his career as a filmmaker, including directing civil war epic Gettysburg, he’s been politically active as a conservative.

When President Donald Trump came to Utah in December, he reorganized the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah. The areas of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante now contain five smaller national monuments.

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Trust lands make up about 6 percent of Utah’s land. One important distinction to make is that trust lands aren’t public lands. They don’t fall under the same usage guidelines. Instead, they’re managed to make money for Utah public institutions. Utah’s public school system holds 96 percent of all Utah trust lands. 

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Recently obtained documents show how a uranium mining company pressured the Trump administration to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Federal regulators tentatively approve moving forward with the $1 billion Lake Powell Pipeline project. And Utah Gov. Gary Herbert proposes a major bump in education funding for the state.

 

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Announcing the actions in Salt Lake City, President Trump has removed some 2 million acres from the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments and split the two monuments into five. Bears Ears was split into two separate areas: Shash Jaa at 129,980 acres and Indian Creek at 71,896 acres. Together the two comprise 201,876 acres, as compared to the 1.35 million acres that President Barack Obama named last December.

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“Well, as we feared, Trump has cut out over two million acres,” said Scott Groene, the executive director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Keeping Bears Ears May Help Local Economies

Dec 4, 2017
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Prior to President Donald Trump’s visit to Utah on Monday, southern Utah leaders discuss the importance of Bears Ears and the possible economic value to keeping the monument.

Creation Justice

This weekend a group of about two dozen people, including religious leaders from surrounding areas and tribal spiritual leaders, will meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico and make a pilgrimage to Bears Ears National Monument.

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Correction: A previous version of this story claimed that the public comment period ended with the submission of Sec. Zinke's report last Thursday. The formal comment period actually ended July 10. The story has been changed to reflect this.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to shrink two Utah National Monuments is expected to face major legal fights if adopted by President Trump.

Center for Western Priorities

In an effort to drum up support for the 27 western monuments being reviewed by Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke, the Center for Western Priorities, a conservation organization based in Colorado, stopped by 6 states throughout the West including Montana, Arizona and California.

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Denver will be the new home for the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show.

At a press conference with Colorado's governor and Denver's mayor, the director of the Outdoor Retailer trade show, Marisa Nicholson, announced Thursday that the show would be held in the Mile High City starting in 2018.

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Amid growing concerns for his health, Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott considers retiring from the position before his term ends in 2020. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends re-sizing the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument. And the leader of a Utah mosque is barred from his flight home to the United States from a Kenyan airport.

 

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Outdoor Clothing Company Patagonia Visits USU Campus

Apr 12, 2017

 

If you’re walking around the campus of Utah State University Wednesday you may have noticed a funny looking vehicle parked on the Quad and lots of signs for the clothing company Patagonia. This promotional event comes on the heels of Patagonia’s recent withdrawal from the Outdoor Retailer Show typically hosted in Salt Lake City.

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State Democratic leaders and a couple of small business owners are blasting Utah’s Republican leadership for its stubborn stance on public lands that led a lucrative outdoor trade show to leave town.

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Outdoor clothing company Patagonia says it is boycotting Outdoor Retailer shows held in Utah. The decision comes in response to a resolution signed on Friday by Governor Gary Herbert calling on President Donald Trump to repeal the newly named Bears Ears National Monument.

 

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