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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. They are identifying priorities and goals that will guide Grand Canyon National Park into its second century and place tribes at the forefront of education, interpretation, and stewardship of the canyon. 

Read what some of them have to say:

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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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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Other ways to get involved:

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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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Donate to the Trust

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 ›

Blake McCord

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Bucket-list hikes

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