Celebrating Bears Ears National Monument
Defending 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.
Bears Ears is a unique place full of profound cultural, spiritual, historical, recreational, and ecological riches. The monument proposal is historic because it is being led by a coalition of five Native American tribes who wish to offer their land stewardship gifts and expertise through co-management of the land with the Department of Interior.
Learn more about the monument from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal coalition.
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
Religious Community Support for Upholding the Bears Ears National Monument
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)
UTAH OPINION POLL
Creation Justice Ministries has been disappointed by the poor reception of the tribes' proposal by Utah decision-makers. 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.