STARTING TODAY: Mobile Billboard Traverses White House Urging Biden Administration to Restore Bears Ears National Monument Immediately
As Biden Continues to Delay on Bears Ears, Indigenous Groups Ramp Up Pressure on the White House to Fulfill Promise, Demanding Immediate Restoration of National Monument
July 28, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC -- Starting today, and running through Wednesday, July 28, a mobile billboard will traverse the White House, Council on Environmental Quality, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and the Department of the Interior as well as Secretary Deb Haaland's Office calling on President Biden to move to protect the Bears Ears National Monument. The billboard is being commissioned by the Native Organizers Alliance, a coalition of Native leaders, organizers and organizations.
The mobile billboard comes as Indigenous groups ramp up advocacy efforts to protect Bears Ears and other cultural landscape designations in the wake of frustrations with Biden's lack of action to restore the monument. The billboard will display messages reading, "President Biden, Protect Bears Ears Now."
WHEN: July 27 - 28; 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET
WHERE: Up and Down 17th, 18th, 19th NW Between I St (Eye) and Virginia Ave, covering Staff Entrances to CEQ, EEOB, DOI, Haaland's Office
Last week, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent a letter to President Biden urging him to restore the boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments using his authority under the Antiquities Act. Under the previous administration, the boundaries of both monuments were unlawfully reduced, leaving their treasured landscapes, important archaeological sites, and cultural resources at risk.