Bears Ears National Monument, Tribal Sovereignty, and Climate Change

Hear from a Potomac student with Native heritage.


Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management

Ancient Pueblo Cliff Dwelling in Bears Ears National Monument

Arielle Kouyoumdjian, Staff Podcaster

Freshman podcaster Arielle delves into the controversy over Bears Ears National Monument, in Southeastern Utah. At its crux, the debate centers around the right to tribal sovereignty, complicated by some Indigenous peoples’ precedented mistrust in the federal government. Here is an opportunity for Native Americans to reclaim and protect this sacred region–but the question is, how does the government factor into that equation? Plus, hear from a Potomac student with Native heritage.