• Cultural Resource Groups Ask President Obama to Create Bears Ears National Monument This Year

    December 1, 2016

    Bears Ears, Utah

    photo by: Lusha Evans

    Yesterday, the National Trust sent a letter to President Obama on behalf of 18 national, regional, and local organizations dedicated to preserving cultural and archaeological resources, encouraging him to proclaim a Bears Ears National Monument by the end of 2016.

    These anthropologists, archaeologists, tribal historic preservation officers, cultural resource professionals, preservationists, and general enthusiasts for heritage protection are part of a growing chorus of support for protection of this world-class landscape and its archaeological treasures, and we are proud to work with them in this National Treasure campaign.

    You can view the letter and the full list of signers here and show your support for this effort by sending a message to President Obama today!

  • County Shares Its Plan for Development and Conservation

    September 30, 2015

    This summer, San Juan County submitted its proposed maps to Congressman Bishop and Chaffetz showing areas to be protected and areas to be developed as an energy zone. The congressmen have reported that they are still working on developing a Public Lands Bill for eastern Utah that could be ready very soon. We continue to seek out opportunities to weigh in as the Public Lands Initiative bill language is developed with the hope that the bill will promote more preservation of important cultural sites.

  • New Tourism Assessment Issued For Ancestral Places

    June 2, 2015

    We are pleased to share an “Assessment of Heritage Tourism Potential for San Juan County, Utah” which analyzes the oppportunities and issues related to heritage tourism in the area and makes recommendations for how to capitalize on the many heritage tourism assets offered in the county from numerous Ancestral Puebloan sites found on BLM lands, to the Mormon Hole-in-the-Rock Trail, to Hovenweep National Monument.


  • Tribal Support Grows for Protection of Lands in Southeast Utah

    April 20, 2015

    Representatives from the Hopi, Hualapai and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes, and the Pueblos of Zuni and Cochiti joined members of the Navajo Nation and preservation and conservation groups, including the National Trust, for a weekend of discussion about the need to protect the area now dubbed "Bears Ears." Bears Ears, named for a geographic landmark that - you guessed it - looks like bears ears, encompasses much of the area in San Juan County, Utah originally proposed for protection by the National Trust and we welcome this tribal coalition effort. Participants joined in conversations about this important place, took over-flights to get a broad perspective on the landscape, and hiked into the back country to see first hand the many cultural sites worthy of permanent protection. Social activities provided the chance to get to know one another better and dialogue included how to engage other tribes and tribal governments in the effort to speak with one voice on the need to protect Bears Ears. The groups identified the need to keep meeting and to expand the Bears Ears coalition further in coming months.


  • All Pueblo Council of Governors Announces Support for Protection of Cultural Resources and Sacred Sites in Southeast Utah

    December 1, 2014

    Last week, the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG), a group representing 20 Pueblo Governors from New Mexico and Texas, met in Albuquerque and unanimously voted to support a resolution for the “permanent, long-term protection of cultural resources and sacred sites on public lands in the Greater Cedar Mesa (Utah) region through designation such as a National Conservation Area or a National Monument.” The National Trust sought the support of APGC because many of the sites in the Cedar Mesa area are significant to the Pueblos as the homes of their ancestors. The area is also important to other tribes including the Hopi, Navajo and Ute. This resolution helps to strengthen the case for protection by demonstrating that the depth of support for this nationally significant place extends across many cultures and across state boundaries. We hope this message about the importance of protecting cultural resources will also be carried to Washington, DC and conveyed to the administration as part of the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference on December 3.

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