Created in 2016, Bears Ears National Monument is the country’s newest national monument. It’s also unique. Proposed by The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, whose members include the Navajo Nation, Hopi, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and Pueblo of Zuni, the Monument encompasses 1.3 million acres of ancestral land on the Colorado Plateau and engages Tribes and Federal agencies as co-managers to integrate traditional stewardship and knowledge with western land management practice.
2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection 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 plays a supportive role to Tribes in both its designation of Bears Ears and in helping to collect traditional knowledge within tribal communities.
This event features UDB Board Member and Spiritual Advisor Jonah Yellowman, UDB Community Specialist (and Arizona State Representative) Eric Descheenie, and Cynthia Wilson, UDB’s Traditional Foods Program Director, in a celebration of 10,000+ years of traditional knowledge, sovereignty and the creation of Bears Ears.
Introducing the evening, Native American participants of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program will help frame the presentation within the context of the greater 2017 SHIFT Festival.