Earlier this morning, we published a piece from friend and regular contributor about their trip through Bears Ears. However, we decided to remove it for now. As we understand it, the crew had followed strict protocol during the pandemic to avoid any contact in a self-supported manner, and had permission and encouragement in order to tell the story and bring awareness to the ongoing issues facing Bears Ears National Monument.
However, the Diné (Navajo) Nation and surrounding areas was one of hardest hit places in the world by COVID-19 and we realized that publishing content about a trip there might exploit privilege and may even encourage others to travel there, despite the fact that we advised against it within the story. So, while the piece was valuable—as it brought attention to the threats facing this precious place leading up to an election—we decided to shelve it for the time being. In the meantime, please find resources below from the original article on how you can help support the ongoing fight for Bears Ears. And please, vote.
How you can help
- Donate to support COVID-19 relief efforts on the Navajo Nation and neighboring Nations
- Donate to Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, Native American Rights Fund, Grand Canyon Trust, and/or Friends of Cedar Mesa to help protect Bears Ears National Monument