Leaders from the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe , Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute Indian Tribe founded the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in July of 2015.

The Coalition represents a historic consortium of sovereign tribal nations united in the effort on multiple fronts to work collaboratively to protect and promote sacred, spiritual, historical, natural, scientific and cultural resources on lands within the Bears Ears landscape. The five Tribes are committed to working together in the development of a collaborative land management plan and active engagement with federal agencies in future management of the area.

Today, a total of 30 Tribes have expressed support for protecting the Bears Ears landscape for all future generations.