Watch the film Sacred Strides above from our friends at Outside Magazine and see the full story here.
Last December, US government enacted the most substantial reduction of public lands our nation has ever seen. The public outcry following the loss of 85% of Bears Ears and 46% of Grand Escalante National Monuments was loud, but there is often one voice that is overshadowed by the masses. For Native Americans, this decision was more than a tragic loss of public lands. It’s a loss of an area that has been considered sacred for centuries, and they refuse to merely watch it slip away.
In March of 2018, tribes from all over the Southwest came together to run over 800 miles back to Bears Ears. Bridging their cultural differences and united by this shared goal, five different tribes joined together to send a message of unity to the United States Government, as well as the rest of the world.
“Nothing is really sacred unless you’re willing to fight for it,” explained Dustin Martin one of the many voices documented in the film, Sacred Strides which follows the run from start to finish. 1.5 million acres continue to be unprotected, but these tribal members hope that this run demonstrates why preservation is so important.