Grijalva Responds to Grizzly Bear Delisting by Introducing a Bill that Permanently Protects the Species & Ensures Tribal Consultation

Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is holding a press conference tomorrow afternoon in Washington, D.C. to introduce the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act (H.R. 3894), a bill that aims to strengthen conservation standards for grizzly bears and ensures tribal leaders are consulted in all conservation and management efforts. Ranking Member Grijalva and key tribal leaders will talk about the importance of protecting grizzly bears beyond the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and why they should be protected for their ecological and cultural value.

The filing of this bill is in response to the Department of the Interior’s controversial decision to remove ESA protections from grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In June, Ranking Member Grijalva and several tribal leaders spoke out against the decision and accused the Trump administration of ignoring “the objections of scientists and tribal leaders who have raised concerns over the irreparable harm to Tribal sovereignty and self-determination throughout the delisting process.”


What: Ranking Member Grijalva and tribal leaders respond to the Trump administration’s decision to delist the grizzly bear by introducing a bill (H.R. 3894) that protects the species beyond the ESA

When: Tuesday, October 3rd from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Where: U.S. Capitol House Triangle (the grassy triangle on the House side of the Capitol's East Front)


  • Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee
  • Chief Stan C. Grier, Piikani Nation
  • Chairman Brandon Sazue, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
  • Former Chairman Ben Nuvamsa, Hopi Tribe
  • Councilman Lee Juan Tyler, Shoshone-Bannock Tribe
  • Wayne Pacelle, President/CEO, Humane Society of the United States
  • Kelly Nokes, Carnivore Advocate, WildEarth Guardians

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