Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, in blue shirt, in Utah. Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior
Opinion

Ryan Benally: Bears Ears was a false promise for Native Americans





Ryan Benally, a citizen of the Navajo Nation who lives in Utah, supports the repeal of the Bears Ears National Monument despite widespread support in Indian Country:
As a Native American living in San Juan County, Utah all my life I would like to see Bears Ears National Monument be RESCINDED.

We understand that the Antiquities Act was only meant for protection of areas for which the SMALLEST AREA compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.

The Bears Ears Buttes is no more than 200 acres COMBINED! The Cultural heritage sites and ruins all combined absolutely does not constitute the need to lock up MILLIONS of extra acres of land away from the actual locals and Native Americans that do use the land.

We provided much for the land as the land provided for us.

Read More on the Story:
Ryan Benally: Rescind Bears Ears National Monument Designation (Indian Country Media Network 5/26)

Federal Register Notice:
Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment (May 11, 2017)

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