What Does It Mean to Restore Bears Ears, in Words and in Spirit?

January 26, 2021

One of the lessons of the Trump era, taught mostly through negative example, is that words matter. What we call people affects how we treat people. This is also true for the land—what we call a place affects how it is treated.

Bears Ears National Monument—the 1.35 million acres of rugged and beautiful land in southeast Utah declared by President Obama in 2016 and reduced by 85 percent a year later by President Trump in US history’s largest public lands protection downsizing—has been called many names over the years, including Hoon’Naqvut, Shash Jaa’, Kwiyagatu Nukavachi, and Ansh An Lashokdiwe.

Source: What Does It Mean to Restore Bears Ears, in Words and in Spirit? - Sierra Club