July 11, 2022
Tribal members and employees of federal agencies gathered in late June to celebrate a management agreement for Bears Ears National Monument.

A historic new co-management agreement for Bears Ears National Monument includes area tribes

By Justin Higginbottom | KZMU Radio

Five Native American tribes and various federal agencies recently signed a historic co-management agreement for Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah.

In this story, we look at how the deal will work and its potential to serve as a model for other agreements between tribes and federal agencies.

"I am aware that there have been increased levels of cancer," says Scott Clow, the tribe's environmental director. "We don't have any evidence tying that to the mill at this point, but we have our concerns."

The co-management plan includes the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and the Pueblo of Zuni.

Read the press release from the U.S Department of the Interior about the agreement.

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