Celebrating Bears Ears National Monument
Creation Justice Ministries is proud to have been part of advocating for the Bears Ears National Monument, officially designated by President Obama on December 28, 2016. Read the Presidential Proclamation, which includes details about how the monument will be managed.
Bears Ears is a unique place full of profound cultural, spiritual, historical, recreational, and ecological riches. The monument is historic because it is the first and only U.S. national monument that primarily focuses on Indigenous heritage. By order of the Presidential Proclamation, the Bears Ears Commission of officially appointed tribal representatives will share their land stewardship gifts and expertise with the Department of Interior.
Learn more about the monument from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal coalition website.
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UTAH OPINION POLL
Creation Justice Ministries has been disappointed by Utah decision-makers' lack of support for the monument vision cast by the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. To investigate whether these Utah decision-makers' actions reflect the will of their constituents, Creation Justice Ministries commissioned a poll of Utah voters regarding support for proposed Bears Ears national monument. Public Opinion Strategies conducted the poll in May 2016 and found 71% of Utah voters support the proposed Bears Ears national monument, while only 20% oppose it.
Download the poll press release.
See a summary of key findings from the poll.
See the poll's interview schedule.
Defending Bears Ears National Monument
On April 26, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Interior to conduct a review of national monuments, to determine whether they should be eliminated or shrunk. The comment period regarding this "review" process is open now, only exists on the internet with no public hearings, and for Bears Ears, the comment period only lasts 15 days. Take action now before May 25!
* Send an official, personalized public comment to the Department of Interior by May 25.
* If you or someone you know both self-identifies as Christian and Indigenous, email email@example.com to get more involved.
* Call Secretary Zinke (202) 208-6317 or Tweet to Secretary Zinke: http://bit.ly/2kTN2Gv
* Make your Facebook profile show your support for Bears Ears National Monument
* Watch and share this interactive video to tour Bears Ears National Monument
* Post on social media at #StandWithBearsEars.
Religious Community Support for Upholding the Bears Ears National Monument
Grassroots LDS Support Letter for Bears Ears National Monument (3.2.17)
Letter to Interior Secretary-Designate Zinke, Sen. McConnell, Sen. Schumer, Rep. Ryan, and Rep. Pelosi from the Chair of the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance Ty Markham (2.10.17)
Religious Community Statements of Support for the establishment of Bears Ears National Monument
News Release: Faith Communities Celebrate Bears Ears National Monument Designation (12.28.16)
Press Release: Creation Justice Ministries Deeply Concerned About the Public Lands Initiative (9.22.16)
A Christian Call to Stewardship of Bears Ears | Indian Country Today | by Rev. Tweedy Sombrero Navarrete and Shantha Ready Alonso (7.29.16)
Press Release: Top Religious Leaders Support Bears Ears National Monument Proposal
Top leaders of Christian denominations and organizations endorse Bears Ears National Monument
Statement from Ty Markham, Chair of the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance
Statement from Bishop Scott Hayashi, Episcopal Diocese of Utah
Statement from the Rev. Rebecca Kemper Poos, Moderator, Rocky Mountain Synod of the United Church of Christ
Statement from the Rev. Jim Gonia, Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America