Universe Special Project: Bears Ears National Monument proposal creates tensions in Utah

Twin buttes rise above a few tiny towns near the Four Corners area in southeastern Utah. The tranquil rock formations known as the Bears Ears, and the 1.9 million acres of land surrounding them, are at the center of an environmental war that involves locals, politicians, Native American tribal governments and activists.

The controversy hinges on different perspectives of the land: Is the Bears Ears land a sacred space for those who have ancestral ties to the area, or is it an opportunity for tourism and monument designation?

Click here or on the image below to read this article on the Universe website.


This story was also featured on the front page of the Nov. 29 edition of the Universe. 

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