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Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument


Thank President Biden for honoring tribes and designating Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni

BNIKGCNM - monument name meaning (Video)

BNIKGCNM - monument name meaning (Video)
What Does Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni Mean? (1:05)

What does Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni mean?

Baaj Nwaavjo means "where Indigenous peoples roam" in Havasupai. 

I'tah Kukveni means "our ancestral footprints" in Hopi.

BNIKGCNM - tribal coalition

BNIKGCNM - tribal coalition
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Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition

Efforts to protect Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni are led by the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition, which includes: the Havasupai Tribe, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, Las Vegas Tribe of Paiutes, Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Shivwits Band of Paiutes, Navajo Nation, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation, Zuni Tribe, and the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

BNIKGCNM - cultural landscape

BNIKGCNM - cultural landscape
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A cultural landscape

The Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument spans tribes' homelands, cultural and archaeological sites, springs, hunting grounds, trading and migration routes, ceremonial lands, and other places that figure prominently in Indigenous histories.

Read what tribal leaders have to say

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Big Horn in the Grand Canyon. Photo by Ed Moss

Plants and animals

From the California condor, to the Houserock Valley chisel-toothed kangaroo rat, to the Kaibab monkey grasshopper, the proposed monument supports populations of rare animals and plants and protects wildlife corridors. 

A Havasupai man makes a clenched fist while looking at Red Butte.


The proposed monument is full of faults, folds, cliffs, canyons, and other geologic features. Red Butte, located in the southern parcel, is sacred to the Havasupai. They call it "Wii'i Gdwiisa," meaning "clenched-fist mountain."

Water trickles down a hanging garden. Photo by Amy Martin.


Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument would protect precious water sources, including seeps and springs that flow into the Colorado River, from threats like uranium mining and industrial development. 

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"The Creator gave us a gift. And that gift is in the form of the Grand Canyon. That gift is not only to the tribal nations that have that intimate connection with it, but it’s a gift to the state of Arizona. It’s a gift to the United States. It’s a gift to the entire world." — Hopi Tribe Chair Tim Nuvangyaoma

Tour the monument

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75 percent of Arizona voters support a Grand Canyon national monument.

Opinion polling shows that voters in the Grand Canyon state strongly support the creation of a new national monument to protect lands and waters near the Grand Canyon. See the numbers ›

BNIKGCNM - myths vs. facts

Who owns the lands that make up the monument?

All the lands within the monument boundary are federal public lands. No state, tribal, or private lands are included in the monument.

Debunk common myths about national monuments › 

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