To say that Native American residents will never be shut out from access to the Bears Ears area is a naive notion. The Keyali story should be a clear reminder of what can happen. I read recently in an article where the Havasupai people were forcibly removed by the Federal Government From the Grand Canyon area over 100 years ago
Introduction by Editor
Residents of San Juan County, Utah have been fighting the federal government and radical special interests for half a century. Still conservative-leaning and dominated by agriculture and natural resources-based industries, San Juan County is now falling victim to an unpopular left-wing agenda enabled by its Democrat commissioners. This embattled corner of southeastern Utah is now controlled by Democrats due to a federal judge’s recent decision that forced San Juan County to redraw its districts based on racial considerations. Free Range Report contributor, Kelly Mike Green, points out that the eager new commissioners, by ramrodding policies to facilitate extreme environmentalist interests, are doing much more harm than good to the county and its Native American residents.
This letter to the editor by Kelly appeared in a recent edition of the San Juan Record.
In looking at a recently drafted referendum for expanding the Bears Ears territory by the newly elected commissioners Kenneth Maryboy and Willie Grayeyes, I was quite disappointed in their actions. Encouraging more restrictive government public land designation does not seem a wise course. I urge our two commissioners to reconsider this political decision.
The ability to have future options about how the public land use and its effect on our tax base for all citizens in San Juan County should always be first consideration for those who represent us. In the last Edition of Letters to the Editor ( San Juan Record Feb 27, 2019 ), a couple of opinions submitted from pro-monument supporters seemed quite shortsighted in my experienced opinion. To say that Native American residents will never be shut out from access to the Bears Ears area is a naive notion. The Keyali story should be a clear reminder of what can happen. I read recently in an article where the Havasupai people were forcibly removed by the Federal Government From the Grand Canyon area over 100 years ago and that this action has remained a sore spot with that group of people to this very day. The same has occurred when other native people experienced similar treatment.
To put your trust in entities that have a history of such forcible actions by adding stricter land use designations leaves me scratching my head. Asking for more public land designation is less control over what happens, not more. This is not just about energy extraction for Uranium or other resource use. This is about having the use and enjoyment of the land, which surrounds us.
I personally have seen less and less freedom of access to the public land in Bears Ears country as the years have gone by. Less ability to use existing roads and trails. Less ability to gather wood. Less access to hunt and gather herbs, and plants. Less access to the river. Less access to camp.
Do not be so eager to entrust the Federal agencies with more and more discretionary authority. More is not better in this case but is always less.
Kelly Mike Green La Sal ( 435 ) 260-2384 Kmglasal42@yahoo.com.
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