December 10th, 2021 | Sprinkled among the tall grasses, wildflowers, and Bebb’s willows (the southernmost stand of Bebbs in the world) are 20 or so 20-somethings, all Hopi and Tewa. Like Manuel, they are workers for Ancestral Lands, an Indigenous conservation corps tasked with removing waste wood from sunny Hart Prairie, a wide open meadow near Flagstaff, Arizona. Above them is the rugged skyline of the San Francisco Peaks, known as Nuva’tukya’ovi, or “The Place of Snow on the Very Top,” to Manuel’s people.
Source: National Forest FoundationVisit Article
September 22, 2021 | "As part of its engagement at Wupatki, the Penn team and partners will also expand professional training, cultural heritage education, and career discovery opportunities for Native youth focused on the conservation of American Indian ancestral sites, including a 12-week summer program in partnership with Conservation Legacy’s Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps. The program will incorporate fieldwork, job shadowing, and mentoring by cultural resources advisors from Northern Arizona Tribes and a 10-week summer internship program for Native degree-seeking students through Northern Arizona University."
Source: Native News OnlineVisit Article
March 5,2021 | Werowocomoco rests atop a bluff on a peninsula in the Tidewater region of eastern Virginia, surrounded by marshlands, fields, and forests. It is a lush and verdant place, rich in plant and animal life—but most importantly, rich in Indigenous history and heritage.
Until recently, the site’s exact location was lost to the memory of the tribes who once inhabited it. Now recently rediscovered, Conservation Legacy and the National Park Service are collaborating with Native tribes to learn more about Werowocomoco, incorporate it into the National Park System, and accurately and respectfully interpret it for future visitors.
Source: National Parks Traveler • Appalachian Conservation Corps • Conservation LegacyVisit Article
August 6, 2020| A unique partnership is addressing a home heating crisis on the Navajo and Hopi Nations, by supplying hundreds of cords of firewood from forest restoration projects.
Source: NPR Knau Public Radio • Ancestral Lands Conservation CorpsVisit Article
December 12, 2019 | Justin Francisco found himself at loose ends after leaving the U.S. Marine Corps. After floating around for a bit, he got into a welding training program with the Wounded Warrior Project. His life was getting back on track, he was learning a useful skill, but welding wasn’t exactly his dream job. After the excitement of serving in the military, it seemed pretty tame.
Scrolling through the Veterans Administration newsletter one day, Francisco saw something that caught his eye: an ad for a veterans’ program under the nonprofit Southwest Conservation Corps.
Source: Navajo Times • Southwest Conservation Corps • Ancestral Lands Conservation CorpsVisit Article
October 9, 2019 | There are moments on Utah’s San Juan River when conversations fall silent, the wind calms, and the only sound you can hear is the drip of water off the oars. And in mellow stretches when even rowing is unnecessary, the rafts can be left to twirl beneath towering limestone walls. Time stretches out and seems to come unwound until the piercing call of a peregrine falcon breaks through the silence.
Source: OARS • Ancestral Lands Conservation CorpsVisit Article
October 8, 2019 | This year was the first year working with the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC). Five SCC members consisting of Hopi young adults assisted the FLAG NPS Archaeologists with site condition monitoring for about three months over the summer. Archaeological site monitoring occurs to assess the condition of archaeological sites and to see how these sites change over time. Monitoring took place at all three of the FLAG Monuments.
Source: Friends of Flagstaff National Monuments Fall Newsletter • Ancestral Lands Conservation CorpsRead
August 4, 2017 | As I watched the activity within this group, witnessing expanding connections between the inspired participants, I was reminded—yet again—of the reverence Indigenous people have for this Earth, and how it is typically instilled as soon as a small child begins to comprehend.
Source: National Geographic Blog • Ancestral Lands Conservation CorpsVisit Article