In a Dec. 31 article "Tribes cut off talks with Utah delegation over public lands bill," Rep. Rob Bishop declares that the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is a "self-appointed coalition [that] has an agenda that we need to reconcile with the wishes of those who actually call Utah home."
First, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is not "self-appointed." The Bears Ears Coalition is comprised of five sovereign nations that each appointed one official representative to engage in negotiations with Bishop's office. The appointment of each person was done officially under the full authority of each tribal government. Our authority to exist as governments comes through treaties signed between our ancestors and Bishop's predecessors in the U.S. Congress.