July 02, 2018

The Bears Ears National Monument origin story

Dean B. Suagee

Indian tribes have many kinds of concerns regarding federal lands, especially those under the jurisdiction of bureaus within the Department of the Interior and national forests under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture. After all, not that many generations ago, these same lands were tribal territories. This article highlights some of the differences between the Trump and Obama administrations in responding to tribal concerns with a focus on one high-profile case study—Bears Ears National Monument (Bears Ears NM).

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