Bears Ears Commission
The mission of the Bears Ears Commission is to develop and implement culturally based land management practices that respect and uphold traditional Tribal values as well as protect and preserve the Bears Ears region in southern Utah. The Commission was formed in 2017, following the prescription detailed in President Obama’s December 28, 2016 Bears Ears National Monument proclamation. The Commission follows on the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition (created in 2015, composed of the Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni Tribal Governments) which successfully petitioned the Obama Administration to designate the Bears Ears National Monument. The Commission serves as the body that will work cooperatively with land management agencies in crafting of the monument management plan, and in the monument’s day-to-day management. The Bears Ears Commission is fiscally sponsored by the Native American Rights Fund, a non-profit entity.