The petition reads as follows: “Bears Ears National Monument is a treasure that belongs to all Americans and honors Native American tribes. The beautiful mesas, cliffs and canyons contain over 100,000 tribal archaeological and cultural sites across the 2,000 square mile area. This richness of environmental resources and Native American history is what led five tribes to lead efforts to protect their ancestral land. The Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni and the Ute Indian Tribe have come together for the co-creation and management of this amazing area. Since President Obama listened to these tribes and other Bears Ears supporters and used the Antiquities Act to create the Bears Ears National Monument, the oil and gas industry and their backers in the Republican Party have opposed the monument, filing a lawsuit to stop it, and urging President Trump to remove protection for the area. It would be unprecedented for any president to remove protection from national treasures set aside through a previous administration. Urge Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to defend Bears Ears National Monument and defend the important cultural artifacts at risk.”
I have contacted the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pueblo of Zuni and the Ute Indian Tribe. If notified by any of them, I will close the petition and provide an electronic copy of all signatures obtained for this national monument park petition, which numbers currently over 50,000. They have been contacted by phone and email and all of them have stated they intend to circulate the petition and will deliver the signatures personally. To whom I am not sure, but I am sure I will try to deliver my signatures at least to Ryan Zinke, now Secretary of the Interior, who would decide the fate of Bears Ears National Monument park, the largest national monument park in the United States since it was created by President Obama during his terms of office.
As a south-side Chicagoan and a descendant of Grandma Mataoke of Mannaponi tribe of Powhatan Nation, as well as an environmentalist, I support the defense of this national monument park in every way.