ILPLA and the Ute Indian Tribe PAC representatives will be speaking to the press throughout the show.
Fort Duchesne, UT - July 20,2017
The Outdoor Retailer show has left Utah over the issue of the Utah government’s mishandling of public land management and protection. Indian voices during this discussion have been muted by the government of Utah and not sufficiently heard by the public. The Ute Indian Tribe Political Action Committee (Ute PAC) and the Indian Lands and Public Lands Alliance (ILPLA) will be at the last Utah Outdoor Retailer show from July 26th-July 29th. The ILPLA is a new non-profit organization created by Indian land protectors and their public lands protector allies. The goal of the ILPLA at this summer’s OR show is to raise support/funding for a nation-wide effort to educate the public on the true threat to Indian sovereign lands and public lands. Ute Tribe officials will be present during the show at the Ute PAC/ILPLA booth, # 62047.
The same privatization, resource extraction forces that are threatening public lands are also attempting to take Indian lands—sometimes through “Indian land-grab” legislation in Congress.
In 2016, Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz pushed in Congress the failed Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI), which sought to take more than 500,000 acres of Ute Indian Tribe land away from the Tribe. Ute PAC mobilized the public to oppose this plan, helping to defeat the PLI in the last Congress. Today, however, Congressman Rob Bishop has escalated his assault on Indian Country by holding two hearings in Congress on the topic of repealing the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, the New Deal legislation that created the modern Indian governments.
ILPLA and the Ute Indian Tribe PAC representatives will be speaking to the press throughout the show. Robert Lucero is the contact for both organizations at: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; and at 626-379-7467.