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Who Does Bears Ears National Monument Belong To?

Who Does Bears Ears National Monument Belong To?

For many Americans, the more than 1 million acres of rugged land in southeastern Utah known as the Bears Ears National Monument registers as a political flashpoint. The allure of the Bears Ears is clear. This cultural importance led an unprecedented coalition of tribes organized as the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition to lobby former President Obama to designate it a national monument. “The Bears Ears” also helps readers understand how researchers are piecing together the ancient history of the land without continuing the devastating tradition of looting that is an inextricable part of the Bears Ears story. In part because of the “validating myth,” as Roberts writes, many white Utahns feel their own birthright to Bears Ears.

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