Supporting the initiative to revoke protection over Bears Ears National Monument in order to open up new areas for potential energy extraction or ranching is not as important as protecting tribal interests.
The land is already in use. As well as being a sacred site for many different tribes, the land is used regularly for ceremonies and food collection. This land is not empty space, regional tribes tend to the land and find inherent value in its existence.
The U.S. government has a shameful history of repeatedly going back on agreements with native peoples, and we as Utahns have the opportunity to support the right thing this time.