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Amy Martin

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Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

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What better way to commemorate the centennial than by permanently protecting it from uranium-mining contamination?  The Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act will permanently ban uranium mining on about 1 million acres of public land adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park. Learn about the bill ›

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Stephanie Smith

There are over 800 active mining claims on national forest and other public lands around Grand Canyon National Park. If passed, the bill would make the current temporary mining ban around the park permanent.

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Cultural homelands

Long before the Grand Canyon joined ranks as a national park, it was home to Indigenous people. At least 11 tribes trace their ancestors, culture, and places of origin to the Grand Canyon. But Native peoples — the canyon’s original caretakers — have been pushed off their traditional homelands and excluded from park management throughout the past hundred years.

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The centennial of Grand Canyon National Park offers a chance to renew relationships essential to sustaining the Grand Canyon in its entirety and build partnerships between Native communities, the National Park Service, and others, ushering in a new era of stewardship for the Grand Canyon region.

Redefining the next century

The Trust is facilitating the Intertribal Centennial Conversations with cultural leaders from Grand Canyon-affiliated tribes across the Colorado Plateau. Dozens of individuals from Hualapai, Havasupai, Zuni, Hopi, Southern San Juan Paiute, and Navajo communities have come together to identify priorities and goals, placing tribes at the forefront of education, interpretation, and stewardship of the Grand Canyon. They've already presented 40 recommendations to the park service and other partners on how to better engage with tribes, and they will continue to push inclusiveness into the second century of Grand Canyon National Park.

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GC Centennial - Ophelia
Jake Hoyungowa

Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss, Havasupai

I want people to know that the cultural history of the Grand Canyon is not the history you read in colonial books. I want them to honor and respect our oral history and to understand that the history of the Grand Canyon doesn’t start with Mary Colter...more ›


GC Centennial - Richard Powskey

GC Centennial - Richard Powskey
Jake Hoyungowa

Richard Powskey, Hualapai

Since the creation of the national park at Grand Canyon, their whole approach was not very accommodating to the tribes. Theodore Roosevelt went there, designated it, and had all the tribes moved out of that area, claiming it a natural treasure for the American people. We are the American people too, and that’s our homeland...more ›

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GC Centennial - Renae Yellowhorse
Jake Hoyungowa

Renae Yellowhorse, Navajo

I’d like to see my progeny — all my great-grandchildren, and their grandchildren — be able to go to the canyon and realize and know that those places are protected and preserved for them. I don’t want them to come to face what we had to. The humiliation, the attempts to make us so ashamed of where we come from...more ›


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Vision for the future

The Intertribal Centennial Conversations seeks to develop respectful relationships between federal land mangement agencies and tribal communities and promote greater involvement of Grand Canyon's first stewards in managing the park and public and tribal lands. Here's a glimpse of the group's recommendations:

Vision statement:

We, the descendants of ancestral inhabitants of the Grand Canyon, acknowledge the spiritual pathways of our ancestors by commemorating our indigenous presence and sharing our true history while we begin to heal, build, and strengthen relationships with all people to protect Grand Canyon's heritage.


  • Create a stewardship council to directly involve tribal communities in management decisions of public lands surrounding the Grand Canyon.
  • Increase public information and education about Grand Canyon's indigenous peoples and their thousands of years of experience and traditional knowledge of the area.
  • Accelerate employment of indigenous professionals in all levels of managing the park and surrounding federal, state, and tribal lands.
Learn more about how the Intertribal Centennial Conversations got started ›

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Was it love at first sight, or did sore knees make you vow never to hike in the canyon again? We’re collecting stories about first impressions of the Grand Canyon. Tell us why you love the place ›

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The Grand Canyon Trust was born out of our love for the Grand Canyon. Help us continue safeguarding the canyon's air, waters, views, and communities into the next century. Make a gift ›

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