reflection on a successful compromise - Excerpts from interviews with sources
Alfred Lomahquahu: Vice-Chair of the Hopi tribe and co-Chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.
“We need places like this… Somewhere along the line they may have lost something; the true essence of being human…”
Interview Date: 4-21-16
Gavin Noyes: Executive Director of Utah Dine Bikeyah.
“Ranchers –you get on the ground with folks, they are as radical environmentalists as I am… you can really start to piece together where are the opportunities for shared progress…”
Interview Date 6-7-16
Carleton Bowekaty: Zuni councilman and co-Chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.
“We’ll find different ways to make sure that it’s protected… We’re committed…it is a part of our cultural identity…”
Interview Date 4-25-16
Jonah Yellowman: Jonah is a Navajo Medicine Man, who has played an essential role as a spiritual advisor to the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.
“You don’t say this is my land…This is everybody’s land…”
Interview date: 5-2-16
Sally Jewell: Secretary of the Interior when Bears Ears National Monument was declared.
“I respect the voices that we’ve heard here today…I have heard you loud and clear… Thank you profoundly.”
From a July 16, 2016 meeting in Bluff, UT