Bears Ears, a sacred land for Native Americans and a geological gem in jeopardy

Bears Ears, a sacred land for Native Americans and a geological gem in jeopardy
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This is sacred lands for Native
Americans. Named after the distinctive twin peaks, Bears Ears is a geological
gem deep in the state of Utah. The unique landscape fascinates environmentalists
and adventurers alike. Here, a group of tourists are visiting some homes
carved into the rocks. “This one’s pretty impressive just by the rock formation
above it. That makes it look like it’s on fire, that’s what really makes this one
kind of stand out compared to others. To protect against overdevelopment, some 550,000 hectares of land around the site were designated a National Monument in 2016. But now, local Native American communities feel that heritage is in jeopardy. “I would hate it if this road ends up paved, I would hate to see public restrooms be built, trees knocked down to accommodate parking lots.” “You guys have your churches that you guys go to, this is our way of protecting ourselves, continuing our tradition.” Last December, president Donald Trump’s shrunk the size
of the Nature Preserve by 85 percent, the largest reduction of a National Monument
in US history. It opened up the area not only to tourism development but also to oil and gas. “It’s a new drill pad there…” Angela Baca from the Navajo tribe says
drilling activities have multiplied on the edge of the site and could expand further into the area. “Right now it’s beautiful and wild and intact and we don’t want industry coming in and encroaching where they were going to start destroying the landscape.” A number of lawsuits have been filed
against Trump’s decision. the fights to protect Bears Ears is set to continue in court.

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