“Native peoples in the Southwest take the long view” — The High Country News

Here’s a report from Stephen Trimble writing for The High Country News. It’s all about the Bears Ears country north to Canyonlands. The native people have a unified position and it differs from Congressman Rob Bishop’s plan. Here’s an excerpt:

Native peoples in the Southwest take the long view. They have lived in the redrock canyons of the Colorado Plateau for 12,000 years and have shown astonishing resilience in the face of devastating change in the last 500 years. Now, they bring this ancestral perspective to the management of public lands in the canyons and mesas of southern Utah.

For the first time in conservation history, the primary advocates for a new national monument are the tribes themselves. This historic Native coalition is trying to protect the wildlands that sweep southward from Canyonlands National Park toward the Navajo Nation.

The tribes’ allies include travelers, hikers, and river-runners who don’t want to see oil rigs and endless networks of off-road vehicle tracks here. But the visitors who gaze awestruck across the buttes of Greater Canyonlands, who boat through the canyons of the San Juan River, and who stand enthralled by rock art and cliff dwellings on Cedar Mesa, may not realize how deeply all of these lands matter in the daily lives of Native people.

The road to Bears Ears via the Salt Lake Tribune.
The road to Bears Ears via the Salt Lake Tribune.