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Ancestral Lands

Learn more about ancestral lands

THE ANCESTRAL LANDS MODEL is rooted in the culture and heritage of local tribal communities. The power and impact of Ancestral Lands programming is due to the community investment and support for each program tribally and locally, combined with the network of operational support from Conservation Legacy. To date there are 17 different Ancestral Lands programs operating both nationally and on the local level.


Conservation Legacy established the Ancestral Lands program model in 2008 based at Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, and has since worked with multiple Native American communities to expand and replicate this model.

Ancestral Lands engages Native youth and young adults in meaningful conservation projects on Native Lands. With programs in Acoma Pueblo, Navajo Nation, Zuni Pueblo, Hopi Pueblo, and Albuquerque. Ancestral Lands crews have being working on projects from historical preservation, traditional agriculture, chainsaw crews, hiking clubs, stream restoration, fencing, trail construction, and more. The Ancestral Lands program also aims to incorporate traditional culture and language as part of crew lifestyle and project work.


Apply to join an Ancestral Lands Program!

Follow the links below to get more information on our Ancestral Lands programs:

Crew Projects

Join an Ancestral Lands crew with Southwest Conservation Corps in the following locations. Visit the SCC Ancestral Lands page for more information:

  • Acoma, NM | Gallup, NM | Zuni, NM | Albuquerque, NM | Kykotsmovi, AZ

Join an Ancestral Lands crew with Arizona Conservation Corps in the following locations. Visit the AZCC Ancestral Lands Page for more information:

  • Tucson, AZ |Flagstaff, AZ | Pinetop, AZ

Additional Crew Opportunities Outside of Conservation Legacy:

Montana Conservation Corps

Northwest Youth Corps

KUPU (Hawai'i)

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa

Utah Conservation Corp

Nevada Conservation Corps

Internship and VISTA Positions

Appalachian Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands Individual Placement

Internship with BIA WaterCorps




ANCESTRAL LANDS OVERVIEW: Types of programming and locations where Ancestral Lands programs operate.

PARTNER WITH US: Follow this link for more information about becoming a partner with Conservation Legacy's Ancestral Lands program and what types of projects are possible.

Ancestral lands Navajo GIS map projects: A map journal that highlights all of our GIS projects.


Chas Robles, Regional Director or 970.403.0146

Michellsey Benally, Program Director or 505.879.1113

Kyle Trujillo, Program Director or 505.639.6303