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The Navajo Nation is reiterating its official support for the proposed Bears Ears National Monument despite opposition from some Navajo tribal members in San Juan County, Utah.

At a community event May 18th, Navajo council delegates issued a statement supporting an inter-tribal effort to persuade President Obama to take executive action to create the monument. Delegates said Bears Ears represents an importance piece of Diné history as the birthplace of their leader, Chief Manuelito, and that it faces constant threats, including desecration of cultural sites. 

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The Navajo Nation has sued San Juan County in Utah twice, and won once, over voting rights.  Now San Juan County has filed a counter claim detailing measures in place to assist voters and alleging corruption among the original plaintiffs.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press take a look at this unfolding issue.

  • Election results from Mancos and Dolores.
  • Leaders in San Juan County, Utah, are expressing concern about a plan by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission for redrawing county-commission districts.

  • Navajo leaders and New Mexico Senator Tom Udall are seeking solutions to a funding crisis for the Gallup Detoxification Center.
  • The Montezuma County Fair Board would like to put on a concert before this year’s fair to help promote and fund it.

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A coalition of Native American tribes have come together in an effort to conserve the Bears Ears cultural landscape in southeast Utah. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Ute Mountain Ute Tribe councilwoman Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk about why this place is of special importance to area tribes, why it needs protection, and the effort to create the Bears Ears National Monument.