Jeppesen Family Says No Monument
We’ve lived in San Juan County for five years now, well going on five years. We really enjoy this place, the Bears Ears area. Part of the reason we enjoy it is because the people that we live around and talk with, they’ve grown up loving it and taking care of it. So, they wanted to show it off to us.
As a small town doctor, I get to talk with a lot of people who live in this area. I have yet to visited with anyone in this area, who supports the national monument.”
– Kelly Jeppesen
They don’t show it off in a bad way, I haven’t seen anybody trying to deface the land, none of the locals that I’ve been hiking with are interested in pushing down rocks on ruins or picking up artifacts. I know that that’s been done in the past and it’s regretful that that has been done but I don’t think the way to avoid that in the future is to close it off to the public.
I think that a better way to protect the land that we love is to have people running around in it who learn how to respect it. And you can instill a love of the land by camping in it, you can instill love in the land by just learning about other cultures and being good to each other.
I understand that there’s some concerns about it being holy ground to the native people of the area. And while I respect that I think it’s also holy ground to so many of the people who have raised their families in this area.
We love this area. And we respect the area and I don’t think that a monument would make it better.”
– Andrea Jeppesen
As a small town doctor, I get to talk with a lot of people who live in this area. I have not visited with anyone in this area who supports the national monument. The rich, the poor, Caucasian or Native American, the fifth-generation or first-generation resident. They all want to have the opportunity to enjoy this land without oversight. All the people who live here oppose the monument. This land is our land, this land is my land. This land was made for you and me.
– The Jeppsen Family