Sending Office: Committee on Natural Resources – Minority Staff
I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 3894, the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act. Grizzly bears are considered sacred by many Tribes, but today only a small fraction of the historic
grizzly populations exist in the lower 48 states. While some populations are starting to increase, grizzly bears continue to be threatened by habitat loss, climate change, and trophy hunting.
Many Native American cultures value the bear in ways that are not – and cannot – be accounted for under the Endangered Species Act. For that reason, and for their symbolic importance to our country, we offer additional protection to eagles in the United
States under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Grizzly bears are as much a symbol of American freedom and strength as are eagles, and deserve similar protection.
H.R. 3894 recognizes the Grizzly Treaty: A Treaty of Cooperation, Cultural Revitalization and Restoration, which is now the most signed tribal treaty in history. Over 150 Tribal Nations, including nearly
100 federally recognized Tribes, have signed this document of inter-tribal solidarity, only the third of its kind in 150 years.
The bill sets strong conservation standards for grizzly bears and their habitat, bans trophy hunting in the lower 48 states, and permits the take of grizzly bears under only a narrow set of circumstances. Additionally, it requires that conservation and management
of the species be conducted in close consultation with federally recognized Indian tribes.
Last October, leaders from the Crow Creek Sioux, Piikani Nation, Hopi, and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes joined me in Washington D.C. to voice their support for the bill. They emphasized the need to protect the sacred grizzly bear and its connection to their spiritual
and religious freedoms.
Please join me in cosponsoring the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act. Grizzly bears should be permanently protected for their ecological and cultural value, and Tribes should have a guaranteed role in conserving and managing this iconic species.
If you have any questions or would like to become a cosponsor, please contact Christine Sur on my staff at Christine.Sur@mail.house.gov or 5-4062.
Raúl M. Grijalva
Committee on Natural Resources
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