The Colorado Plateau is home to fifteen tribal nations, many of whom continue to live in accordance with natural laws set out by their ancestors. Songs, teachings, and oral traditions reflect their experiences living off the land, as well as careful observations of natural cycles, seasons, lifestyle impacts, and migration patterns. One in four people on the plateau is Native American and tribal lands make up one third of the land base.
Tribes have a tremendous ecological, cultural, and economic stake in the plateau, along with traditional knowledge and perspectives on how to sustain it. The Trust facilitates the Colorado Plateau Intertribal Gatherings to integrate tribal voices and strengthen local conservation. Since 2009, the gatherings have revitalized traditional intertribal networks, supporting each other by sharing song, prayer, dance, and laughter, and working to acheive common goals.