It was a historic day in Indian Country yesterday. Our sister, Madam Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland was tracing her own footprints on the lands of her ancestors, the Bear’s Ears National Monument in Southern Utah.
The politics is not lost on indigenous people, as her visit was more respectful of all the various constituencies who are concerned about this landscape. Never to be forgotten was the previous “be nice” head petting of a Native American woman by the former Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, signifying his disregard of the voices of native people. Actions speak louder than words.
As the legal challenges to the Bear’s Ears National Monument will be eventually decided by the U. S. Supreme Court, we can work towards common ground between Indian Tribes and opponents for a better understanding of why this landscape is important.
Please read the poetic writing of a Hopi individual who better expresses the Hopi Connections to what is at stake for the Hopi Tribe, by Lyle Balenquah. fte-studio.com