Bears Ears National Monument

Native group decries human rights violations at Bears Ears

(Bears Ears National Monument Facebook photo)SALT LAKE CITY — A Native American advocacy group is appealing to 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 this week that Utah Dine Bikeyah leaders say…

Tribes say ‘no thanks’ to plan for scaled-back Bears Ears

(Bears Ears National Monument Facebook photo)WASHINGTON — Leaders of five tribes accused lawmakers of “cherry-picking” tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears monuments, and said proposed tribal management of the new monument would be in name only. The testimony from Navajo, Hopi and other leaders contradicted lawmakers from Utah and some local tribal officials. They…

Two national monuments in Utah see huge acreage cutback in largest-ever reversal of federal monument protections

(Bears Ears National Monument Facebook photo)SALT LAKE CITY — President Trump signed proclamations cutting the acreage of two national monuments in southern Utah on Monday, Dec. 4, excising more than 2 million acres from them in the largest-ever reversal of federal monument protections. Trump undid protections for 85 percent of the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument and nearly half of…

Utah wildlife official named acting head of U.S. Fish and Wildlife

(Bears Ears National Monument Facebook photo)SALT LAKE CITY — The head of Utah’s wildlife management division has been tapped as deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a newly created position where he’ll serve as acting head of the agency until a director is named and confirmed. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appointed Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Director Greg…