About Utah Diné Bikéyah
Utah Diné Bikéyah (UDB) established itself in 2011 as a first of its kind Native American organization focused on safeguarding cultural resources and protecting the ecological integrity of ancestral, public lands in southeastern Utah. UDB has a ten person, all-Native Board of Directors (Navajo and Ute), holds a Memorandum of Agreement with the Navajo Nation and Bureau of Land Management, and aims to establish itself as a leader among conservation organizations. UDB’s primary objective over the next fourteen months is to achieve designation for the two million acre Bears Ears region as a National Monument. Following Bears Ears designation, UDB will engage in the long-term stewardship of this cultural landscape by developing the capacity of local community leaders who will work as active partners with state and federal agencies, Tribes, and other non-profit organizations to improve on-the-ground public land management.
From the blog
Dear Secretary Zinke, We are community leaders representing thousands of local citizen-advocates and volunteer stewards of America’s land-based national monuments. We live in and represent the gateway communities to these treasured places–most of which are part of America’s National Conservation Lands, protected lands that stands proudly alongside our national parks … read more
Durango, Colo. (April 26, 2017) – In response to President Trump’s Executive Order on the review of national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act, the Conservation Lands Foundation issued the following statement from John Wallin, Acting Executive Director: “This “review” of national monuments is a waste of time and money. … read more
UPDATED Feb. 21, 2017: As the Salt Lake Tribune noted in an editorial today: “The reason Outdoor Retailer is leaving — their rejection of Utah’s political leaders’ values as shown in the stubborn and pointless fight against a Bears Ears National Monument — should make this moment a turning point.” Original … read more