The story of Native Americans and the connection to the land is one that extends back generations. It is also woven through Native language and traditions. So when this connection is threatened it is no surprise Native voices speak up. This is the case with Natives from different nations who are speaking out on the designation of Bears Ears as a National Monument. U.S. President Barack Obama made the designation before he left office and the current administration is challenging that. Our June Book of the Month takes the issue head on with Native voices and explores the reasons this area in Utah should be protected. We’ll visit with the book’s editor, Jacqueline Keeler (Dakota/ Diné), and other contributors.
Jacqueline Keeler (Yankton Sioux) Dakota and Dine – writer and co-founder of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry
Regina Whiteskunk Lopez
Break music: Anasazi Sun (song) Injunuity (artist) Fight For Survival (album)