The action of the administration to dramatically reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument is historic, and disappointing; it was also predictable. Both the administration’s decision and the decisions to litigate on the part of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute and Uintah Ute nations, as well as other organizations, were foregone conclusions telegraphed well in advance of their announcements.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center remains concerned that the reduced acreage announced in President Trump’s proclamation is inadequate to protect the research and public education values of the existing cultural and natural resources on the monument. We support the scale of the Bears Ears monument as delineated in President Obama’s 2016 proclamation to best ensure the long-term protection of this remarkable cultural landscape. We support the continuing efforts of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, and Uintah Ute to ensure the protection, management of, and access in perpetuity to the cultural and natural resources so important to the continuing cultural sustainability of these descendant communities.