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Amy Martin

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Grand Canyon Centennial Intertribal Gatherings
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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 people — 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 meetings 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.

GC Centennial - Ophelia

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 ›

GC Centennial - Renae Yellowhorse

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 group 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.

Recommendations:

  • 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.

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Grand Canyon Centennial Events

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Grand Canyon - Pete/Kevin Tour (right)
Pete McBride

Coming to a city near you

We’re hitting the road, bringing stories of the Grand Canyon to audiences across the country. Join us to hear National Geographic photographer Pete McBride and author Kevin Fedarko speak about their 800-mile hike through the Grand Canyon and the threats to the canyon they discovered along the way.

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Share your story

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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Bucket-list hikes

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