August 1st, 2021 | "As the sun inched higher, so did the temperatures, but record heat did not slow down a dedicated group of Zuni Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps members working alongside volunteer archaeologists at Chavez Pass, located approximately 15 miles south of Meteor Crater. The group was beginning the first phase of a long-term initiative addressing erosion issues while also documenting archaeological sites in the area."
Source: Arizona Daily SunVisit Article
January 29th, 2021 | It’s been a fragmented and fluid emergency effort to save lives that’s difficult to measure. Some, like Anthony, harvest and cut firewood to give away. Others, like professional woodcutter Neil Damon, sell it for a razor-thin profit, with prices scaled to meet the financial needs of consumers. And lately, professional woodcutters, Indigenous community activists, and tribal officials have collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service and nonprofits to deliver firewood made from logs that have been mechanically thinned from Arizona’s tinder-dry national forests in an effort to avert deadly wildfires that are only getting worse. This fledgling program is aptly called “Wood for Life.”
Source: SlateVisit Article
January 16th, 2021 | In truth, there can be significant barriers for many people both to access nature and to feel safe and welcome there —particularly for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and people who identify as LGBTQ2S. The systemic inequity and racism that often deters or altogether prevents BIPOC communities from visiting public lands is often the same reason the outdoor industry workforce has minimal representation from these groups. If we want to diversify the outdoors and the outdoor industry, we need to establish safe and intentional points of entry for individuals who feel excluded from these spaces.
Source: The Field Guide BlogVisit 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 • Southwest Conservation CorpsVisit Article
October 30, 2019 | Fredonia, Ariz., — The Kaibab National Forest and a Hopi Ancestral Lands Crew, along with personnel from Grand Canyon Trust and the Springs Stewardship Institute are working to protect riparian habitat and natural waters on the North Kaibab Ranger District (NKRD) of the Kaibab National Forest.
Source: US Forest Service • Ancestral Lands Hopi • Southwest 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 LandsVisit Article
April 22, 2019 | Read about Skylar Begay and his journey from leading crews across Arizona to working as an Archaeology Intern with Dr. Aaron Wright.
"I began work on the Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project (LGREAP) with Dr. Aaron Wright on February 6, 2019, as part of the Arizona Conservation Corps’ Individual Placement program. This day would mark the first of my experience as part of an archaeological project. Prior to this, I had led AZCC crews all over Arizona, from Saguaro National Park all the way up to Grand Canyon National Park. In that time, my crew and I had done some work for Grand Canyon National Park’s Tusayan Ruins to protect and preserve a kiva and other architectural remnants there. Aside from that small project, I had little to no experience in anything archaeological."
Source: Archaeology Southwest • Ancestral Lands HopiVisit Article
April 16, 2019 | During last year’s First Mesa Annual Clean-up event residents from Polacca, Arizona, picked up and hauled away over 10 tons of trash that was cleared from the sides and top of the mesa and around their homes.
The cleaning on the mesa top went fairly quickly, but when concentrated efforts moved to the sides of the mesa, clean-up efforts almost came to a complete standstill directly behind Tewa Village. Years of illegal dumping over the sides revealed layers of trash almost three feet deep in some areas.
Source: Navajo Hopi Observer • Ancestral Lands HopiVisit Article
April 11, 2019 | Young people searching for work can often get stuck because they lack a powerful network of adults to advise them and connect them with ideas and opportunities. A major new national campaign that launched this week aims to help young people make those connections.
Led by the America's Promise Alliance, which long has focused on high school graduation issues, the "YES Project"—short for Young, Employed and Successful—brings together more than 450 organizations across the country that work in education, business, philanthropy, and youth development. The idea is that they'd all contribute to a brain trust to help young adults develop the skills, connections, and support to find—and succeed in—jobs.
Source: Education Week Blog • Ancestral LandsVisit Article
February 7, 2019 | While he was growing up on the arid, remote Hopi Nation in northern Arizona, Marshall Masayesva never paddled a kayak or went backpacking. People who lived in his community spent a lot of time outdoors, but the term “recreation” was seldom uttered; Masayesva never thought of himself as an outdoors person.
That began to change after high school when Masayesva’s sister encouraged him to get a job in the conservation field. “She wanted me leave the reservation, so she threw an application at me,” he says.
Source: Canyon Echo • Ancestral Lands HopiVisit Article