Sparking a Bears Ears conversation

To the editor,

This is the time of year, as the saying goes, when license plates in Utah turn green. So many of us in Durango cherish the Bears Ears country just across the state line. There’s something special about that vast landscape of stone and sky. I can only imagine how personal that connection is for native peoples to whom it has always been home.

Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, is coming to the Durango Public Library on Tues., May 7, at 7 p.m. to speak about Bears Ears, her experience on the Intertribal Coalition that helped form the national monument in 2016, and the legal battle to reverse the Trump Administration’s efforts to break that treaty.

Lopez-Whiteskunk says she hopes to spark a conversation with the audience on the nature of tribal sovereignty and the use of public lands. She will be joined by fellow Coalition member Alfred Lomahquahu, of the Hopi Tribe. Indivisible Durango and Great Old Broads for Wilderness are proud to sponsor this event, and we welcome your attendance and questions.

– Clint McKnight, Durango