Bluff becomes ground zero for Bears Ears monument

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Bluff becomes ground zero for Bears Ears monument

Hundreds of people gathered in Bluff, Utah, on Saturday to voice differing opinions on a proposed Bears Ears monument.
Navajo Tribe President Russell Begaye speaks in favor of the proposed Bears Ears monument Saturday in Bluff, Utah.
Rebecca Benally, a Navajo commissioner in San Juan County, Utah, spoke against the proposed monument, saying that she preferred a National Conservation Area.
Ute Mountain Ute tribal council member Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk advocates for a Bears Ears monument at the meeting Saturday in Bluff.
Malcolm Lehi, a Ute Mountain Ute council member representing White Mesa, speaks in favor for the proposed Bears Ears monument.
Jim Mimiaga/The Journal

A Navajo woman gives comments about the Bears Ears area in her native language while a translator takes notes.
Jim Mimiaga/The Journal

The crowd was divided between monument supporters in blue shirts and those who preferred a legislative option.
Jim Mimiaga/The Journal

Southeast Utah politicians strategize before the meeting.

Bluff becomes ground zero for Bears Ears monument

Hundreds of people gathered in Bluff, Utah, on Saturday to voice differing opinions on a proposed Bears Ears monument.
Navajo Tribe President Russell Begaye speaks in favor of the proposed Bears Ears monument Saturday in Bluff, Utah.
Rebecca Benally, a Navajo commissioner in San Juan County, Utah, spoke against the proposed monument, saying that she preferred a National Conservation Area.
Ute Mountain Ute tribal council member Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk advocates for a Bears Ears monument at the meeting Saturday in Bluff.
Malcolm Lehi, a Ute Mountain Ute council member representing White Mesa, speaks in favor for the proposed Bears Ears monument.
Jim Mimiaga/The Journal

A Navajo woman gives comments about the Bears Ears area in her native language while a translator takes notes.
Jim Mimiaga/The Journal

The crowd was divided between monument supporters in blue shirts and those who preferred a legislative option.
Jim Mimiaga/The Journal

Southeast Utah politicians strategize before the meeting.
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