Native American group urges Zinke to keep Bears Ears a national monument

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – A group of advocates who are on a six-state tour to show their support for the Bears Ears National Monument stopped in Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon. 

Bears Ears is really important to Native American people both spiritually and culturally, said Braidan Weeks, communications director for Utah Diné Bikéyah, which means “Protect Bears Ears.” 

“It has the most archeological historic sites for Native People in Utah and in the United States,” he said. “We want to restore that for all people and future generations.” 

Weeks said members of Utah Diné Bikéyah hope to urge President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to leave the Bears Ears as a national monument. 

Weeks said he was glad when Bears Ears was designated.

“It was made possible by a grassroots and collaborative movement,” he said. 

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