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    Ancestral Lands Zuni Crew Trail maintenance Humphrey's Peak, Coconino National Forest


    Meet up with the Ancestral Lands Zuni crew as they maintain trails on the highest peak in Arizona and a sacred place to many indigenous people - Humphrey's Peak. Get to know the crew and their dedication to steward this sacred mountain.

    Source: United States Forest Service YouTube Channel

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    Blue corn and melons: meet the seed keepers reviving ancient, resilient crops by Samuel Gilbert


    In north-western New Mexico, traditional Indigenous farming methods are being passed down to protect against the effects of climate crisis

    Source: The Guardian

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    Full Circle by Karuna Eberl


    At Bears Ears National Monument, a crew of young men from the Pueblo of Zuni is caring for the cliff dwellings their ancestors built 800 years ago.

    Source: National Parks Conservation Association

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    Ancestral Lands Habitat Restoration


    March 1, 2022 | Between Oct. 20-24, 2021 the Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps, Grand Canyon Youth and Grand Canyon Vegetation Program staff collaborated on a 2021 National Park Foundation Service Corps grant funded project titled, “Engaging Native American Youth in Habitat Restoration to Increase Recreation Access.”

    Source: Grand Canyon News

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    National Park Foundation Launches New Program Supporting Equity-focused Outdoor Leaders and Organizations

    Press Release

    February 24th, 2022 | The National Park Foundation today announced the official launch of ParkVentures within the organization's Outdoor Exploration initiative. ParkVentures supports programs and activities that help people create and strengthen life-long relationships with national parks, with a focus on communities that have been historically excluded from parks and may not feel a sense of belonging in the outdoors.

    Source: National Park Foundation

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    Jessica Arkeketa’s National Park Service Journey: From a Service Corps Member to a Pathways Student and Beyond

    January 24, 2022 | Jessica’s time with ALCC changed her life. She shares, “I was a little lost before the program and I needed some direction. I was excited for a new beginning but not prepared for what was about to come. Reconnecting with ancestral lands gave me purpose and meaning again.” She found out about Conservation Legacy through her tribe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office. These offices have many responsibilities and typically advise Federal agencies on the management of Tribal historic properties, supervise when there are archeological digs or prescribed burns on tribal lands, and conduct surveys and inventories of tribal historic properties.

    Source: National Park Service

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    Wood For Life Tribal Fuelwood Initiative


    December 20th, 2021 | Working with the Forest Service, Tribal governments and communities, Ancestral Lands conservation corps, and other partners, we are connecting small diameter timber from restoration projects led by NFF and the Forest Service with Tribal partners who split the wood and provide it to elders and other community members.

    Source: The National Forest Foundation

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    Warm Memories & Cooler Climates


    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 Foundation

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    Stabilizing the Past, Bringing Stability to the Future

    November 17th, 2021 | Located in southeastern Utah, Bears Ears National Monument has a rich cultural heritage and is sacred to many American Indian tribes who rely on these lands for traditional and ceremonial uses. The Bureau of Land Management Utah is partnering with Ancestral Lands Corps, Friends of Cedar Mesa, and Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants to protect and manage River House in the Bears Ears National Monument.

    Source: BLM Utah

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    $1.3M Getty Grant will Protect and Preserve Wupatki National Monument


    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 Online

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