Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversations Gathering Background

The Gatherings from the Beginning

In 2009, the Grand Canyon Trust’s Native America Program began organizing the Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversation initiative in an effort to re-establish conversations between tribal nations across the Colorado Plateau. Prior to reservation boundaries and state jurisdictions, tribal nations on the plateau had working relationships through trade, travel, ceremonies, and stories, which ensured their livelihood. These relationships established support networks for tribes to survive and practice stewardship among one another and with their surrounding landscapes.

In an effort to reignite these historical relationships, the Native America Program gathered individuals from 10 different tribes across the Colorado Plateau. A total of 20 individuals representing the Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Kaibab Paiute, Navajo, White Mountain Apache, Northern Ute, Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Pueblo of Zuni gathered in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2009. At this monumental gathering, attendees made the recommendation to organize their discussion into four categories of interest, including: water, language and culture, sacred sites, and health.

For seven years, the Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversations gathering group has hosted yearly gatherings that have inspired projects, collaboration, and funding opportunities for tribal communities across the plateau. Climate challenges, project funding, building community strategy, and building long-term networks now serve as priority topics for the Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversations gathering group. In an effort to continue addressing these four pillars of interest, the Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversations gathering group continues to meet yearly and continues to grow.

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Indigenous Peoples' Gathering for Healthy Communities, Culture, and Climate

November 6–9, 2016

Pueblo of Pojoaque
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

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