The Sustainable Development Goals finally include recognition of the need to secure collective forest and land tenure and rights for economic, social and environmental sustainability and, importantly, for social justice. Rights and Resources Initiative annual State of Forest Tenure Rights report — just out — defines this goal concretely:
First, by 2030, at least 50% of total forest area in Low and Middle Income Countries are owned or designated for use by Indigenous Peoples and local communities
Further, rights to conserve, manage, use and traditional forest products and services are recognized in 100% of Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ lands in these countries
A unique coalition of Utah tribes continue to exhort Obama to declare Bear Ears Coalition sacred and historical sites as a national monument to protect native heritage, sacred lands and resources into the future.
Tribes supporting protection of Bears Ears:
- Navajo Nation
- Hopi Tribe
- Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
- Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian Tribe
- Hualapai Tribe
- Pueblos of Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Ysleta Del Sur, Zia and Zuni
So much heritage. So much threat. So little time.
Lets not lose a treasure we will forever regret.