I attended the recent hearing of the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands at which the Bears Ears National Monument was discussed.
Local media coverage reported that "Republican commission members showed little interest in what Wilson, Lopez-Whiteskunk or other monument supporters had to say, cutting off their comments before they could finish." This description vastly understates what occurred.
The visuals were stunning. The commission consisted entirely of older, white men. The speakers were predominantly Native American and female.
The behavior was shocking. Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville and commission co-chair, merits special mention. With obvious disdain, he interrupted and dismissed the testimony of those with whom he disagreed, repeating questions with no regard for the answers given.