About Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition (Coalition) is comprised of five Tribes—Hopi, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe, and Pueblo of Zuni—that successfully advocated for the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument and were also tasked with collaborative management of the Monument. The mission of the Coalition is to protect and promote sacred, spiritual, historical, natural, scientific, and cultural resources within the Bears Ears landscape. The Coalition’s greater mission is served by several key goals which include: (1) development of the Tribally-led, culturally informed collaborative land management plan (LMP) for the 1.9 million-acre Bears Ears landscape; (2) integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) into the monument’s land management practices; (3) creation and strengthening of relationships with conservation partners and federal land managers; (4) advocacy for restoration of the monument boundaries and Tribal collaborative management and; (5) promotion of conservation stewardship as informed by indigenous perspective and values.

Resources Legacy Fund (RLF) acts as fiscal sponsor for the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition Project (“Project”); the Project operates for the benefit of the Coalition. All project staff are RLF employees. RLF works with philanthropists to conserve land, water, and ocean resources while advancing healthy communities and social equity. We engage economically and ethnically diverse communities as we foster new funding and better policies for environmental protection and climate change adaptation.

RLF is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace where all team members feel at home, whatever their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability status, religious or political affiliation, or any other dimension of diversity. We know that our work is enriched by the varied origins, experiences, and perspectives of our colleagues, so we make an earnest and conscientious effort to recruit, welcome, train, develop, and retain talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.