President Biden takes Sec. Haaland's Recommendation: Will Sign Proclamation Restoring Bears Ears and Other Monuments on Friday
October 8, 2021
President Joe Biden will sign a proclamation on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 that will restore the original boundaries of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monuments, the White House confirmed Thursday evening.
Late in his presidency, President Barack Obama proclaimed Bears Ears a national monument that included about 1 million acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and 290,000 acres managed by the US Forest Service. President Obama's proclamation came to fruition as the result of strong advocacy by the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition-made up of the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe and Pueblo of Zuni. The coalition advocated successfully to protect the cultural, historic, and natural values of the monument.
The Grand Staircase-Escalante was declared a national monument by President Bill Clinton in 1996.