On April 16, 2019, the San Juan County Commission filed a motion in federal court to withdraw from the lawsuits challenging the current administration’s plan to downsize Bears Ears National Monument. The County had previously intervened in support of the administration’s revocation of Bears Ears. The County changed its position following the outcome of last November’s elections. Two out of three of the county’s commissioners are now Navajo.
In February, the commission also passed two resolutions—one that rescinded previous resolutions opposing the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument or calling for its reduction, and another that directed the San Juan County Attorney to withdraw the county’s involvement in this lawsuit.
Taken together, these actions demonstrate forward movement in saving this National Treasure from looting, vandalism, and incompatible oil and gas development.