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

  • 04.26.17

    Conservation Lands Foundation’s Statement on So-Called Review of National Monuments

    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

  • 02.20.17

    Outdoor Industry Sides With Public Lands; Outdoor Retailer Show To Leave Utah After 20 Years

    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

  • 01.10.17

    Celebrating Bears Ears National Monument

    On Saturday, January 7, tribal leaders and members joined grassroots activists and local residents from the Four Corners region to celebrate the historic Bears Ears National Monument, designated on December 28. The event was held in Monument Valley, Utah, and was attended by members of the Friends Grassroots Network–including representatives from Friends … read more

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