Len Necefer, Ph.D., is the CEO and Founder of NativesOutdoors. Len has worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, the NASA Glenn Research Center, and most recently the University of Arizona. His storytelling focuses on the intersection of Indigenous people, the environment, and human powered movement through landscape.
On June 21, the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, and Five Tribes of the Intertribal Coalition signed a cooperative management agreement for Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument. It marks a shift in our history at a time when we’ve never needed to collaborate more.
For most Americans, the naming of a secretary of the interior is of little consequence. However, as a Navajo man, who holds this position has defined much of my life, and the recent appointing of Deb Haaland marks a groundbreaking moment.