Astroturf Tribes: Big corporations, enviros, not Native Americans driving Bears Ears Monument

White-dominated environmental pressure groups use of Native Americans’ race to pursue their agendas, such as Bears Ears, is disturbing. “Since those involved in the environmental movement are overwhelmingly white, I argue that they too have been vulnerable to this same unconscious desire for an uncomplicated, Disney-fied existence [for Native Americans],” Grande notes. “The presumed power of whites to define ‘Indian-ness’ […]

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Big recreation industry joins enviros and Obama to wage war on rural West

The seizure of 1.9 million acres is a tricky proposition, and the mostly-white, wealthy environmentalists and big rec corporate heads pushing for a monument in the Bears Ears region needed a ruse; a sympathetic face to front the massive land-grab. They found the Inter-tribal Coalition easy to exploit. Some might call it a conflict of interest, and others might call it a shared vision, but with former REI […]

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