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Bears Ears in Utah. Gold Butte in Nevada. Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon. All these places and many more were designated as national monuments because they contain spectacular natural, archaeological and cultural features that deserve to be protected for current and future generations.

Now the law that protects these iconic treasures is under attack and there are threats to overturn monument designations, opening these lands up to drilling, logging, and mining. We urgently need you to take action.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 allows presidents to designate national monuments, affording irreplaceable, historic and awe-inspiring landscapes permanent protection from industrial development, looting, vandalism and other harms.

This law should be celebrated, not attacked. But certain members of Congress are already plotting to dismantle it, and one of the first monuments at risk is possibly one of the most culturally significant places in the country: the Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.

Bears Ears’ stunning beauty, reputation as a top destination for outdoor recreation, and benefits to the local economy alone make it worthy of designation as a monument. But Bears Ears is also sacred land to many Native people, home to thousands of archaeological sites, ancient burial grounds, shrines and artworks that are significant to the southwestern tribes represented by the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.

The designation of Bears Ears marks the first time in the 110-year history of the Antiquities Act that Native American tribes—the Hopi, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Zuni and Ute Indian tribes—have come together to ask a president to designate a national monument.

We can’t let Bears Ears become the testing ground for dismantling the Antiquities Act. An attack on one national monument is an attack on them all. This national monument—and the more than 100 others—are part of what make this land great.

Contact your members of Congress—both House and Senate—and ask them to stand up for Bears Ears and all our national monuments.

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Protect Bears Ears and the Antiquities Act

Dear Congressperson,

As your constituent, I am concerned that certain members of Congress want to take away protections from some of our most cherished public lands. I urge you to oppose any attempts to dismantle protections for the Bears Ears National Monument and diminish the Antiquities Act. An attack on one national monument is an attack on them all.

Native American tribes fought for the Bears Ears monument designation for decades -- please don't forget their voices.

Sportsmen, local and national businesses, and recreationists are also speaking out and are counting on you to stand up for our public lands.


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