Bears Ears in the News: "Conflict and Change in San Juan County"

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When we were working on our books, we became avid readers of The Salt Lake Tribune. The reporters at Utah's paper of record did exemplary work placing the Bears Ears saga in context of the state's and region's complex history.

Today, Report for America fellow Zak Podmore is continuing the Trib's thoughtful and incisive coverage of "conflict and change in San Juan County." Here are his most recent articles:

Here’s how San Juan County reached this historic moment - and why the tension in southeast Utah won’t end anytime soon - July 7, 2019

Podmore explores the historic shift in power in San Juan County government from majority-white leadership to majority Native and what it portends for a county that has long been racially divided.

The San Juan County Commission held its first meeting in the Navajo Nation. Local residents were grateful for the chance to have a voice - July 3

One of the central themes of our books is the belief held by nearly everyone in San Juan County that their voices had not been heard - most of all the voices of Native Americans, who despite comprising the majority of San Juan County’s population have long been underrepresented everywhere from the ballot box to history books. Amazingly, the county commission has never held a meeting in the predominantly Native southern half of the county, let alone on a reservation. That changed earlier this month.

Trump rejects import quotas on uranium, but creates group to find ways to boost domestic production - July 13

For months, U.S. uranium producers have been encouraged by President Trump’s statements about boosting domestic production by establishing quotas for uranium imports. Their hopes were at least partially dashed last week when Trump dropped the plan, but the president left the door open for industry representatives to shape energy policy in the near future.