In light of the announcement of a proposal by The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, members of Utah’s federal delegation are reiterating their commitment to collaboration as public lands legislation is being crafted. Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Representatives Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) issued the following joint statement:
"The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is an important stakeholder in the Public Lands Initiative. The Coalition represents many Native American voices that have an interest in how lands in San Juan County are managed. While many Native Americans who live in Utah oppose the Coalition's proposal, we welcome the input and recommendations nonetheless. Our offices have now received over 65 detailed proposals from various stakeholder groups regarding land management in eastern Utah. We remain committed to reviewing each proposal and producing a final PLI bill that is balanced and broadly supported."