This Navajo couple says “No Bears Ears Monument”
Begaye Family | A Monument Does Not Protect
by Kara Laws
as published by Save Bears Ears
Joseph and Stephanie Begaye
We both grew up in San Juan County (Joseph was born here!) and absolutely love this area that we will always call home. It deeply saddens us to know that the land we grew up on, the land we appreciate and the land that we love, is being threatened by this proposed monument.
It is heartbreaking to think of what the land will come to if this monument takes place, the access and the resources that will be stripped from those who love the land most.
The thought of being “limited” to which areas you can roam and visit, areas you can collect firewood to heat your home, areas that Joseph and his brothers hunt on to sustain our families – there is just so much at stake, much more than any non-local can imagine!
Yes, this land provides us locals with the vital resources we need, but it’s also much more than that.
It is sacred.
It is home.
It is pure wilderness where one can escape the stresses of everyday life to gain a sense of peace and be one with nature.
The thought of that land being restricted to all, and the wear and tear it will face due to the increased volume of people who will visit, is frustrating. A monument is not going to protect this land from looters and vandals – it will invite them! We want to be able to enjoy this land for many more generations to come and this monument will not allow that. Doodah monument!!
Reposted by Reagangirl.com 8/22/16