A hiker walks along one of the many canyons, near cliff dwellings, in the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.

(Photo: Shanna Lewis/For CPR News)

A coalition of American Indian tribes including Colorado’s Ute Mountain Ute, are working to protect lands in southern Utah. They’ve proposed a new, 1.9-million acre national monument called "Bears Ears" that borders the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe reservation in southwest Colorado. Regina Lopez Whiteskunk represents the Ute Mountain Ute on the Bears Ears coalition. She told Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner that the proposal includes tribes as part of the plan to manage the monument.

The Procession Panel is among the petroglyphs found in many areas in the proposed Bears Ears National  Monument in southern Utah. 

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Map of the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah.

(Map: Courtesy of Bears Ears Coaliton)