Ancestral Footprints: The Grand Canyon's New National Monument

Ancestral Footprints: The Grand Canyon's New National Monument

Embark on this captivating journey and explore the significance and beauty of the newly designated national monument near the Grand Canyon.

In Northern Arizona, near the iconic Grand Canyon, lies a newly designated national monument—Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni.

This momentous decision by President Joe Biden acknowledges the historical ties Indigenous tribes have to this region. It aims to protect sacred lands and prevent uranium mining projects.

The monument's name, in the Havasupai and Hopi languages, translates to "Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument."

It signifies the deep ancestral connections Indigenous peoples have with this land.

There are 11 tribes that have historic connections to the Grand Canyon National Park.

The protected area spans nearly one million acres and serves as a critical habitat for endangered species like the California condor, desert bighorn sheep, and southwestern willow flycatcher.

Moreover, this land acts as a vital watershed for the Colorado River, supplying water to millions of Americans. Its preservation ensures the long-term survival of these ecosystems.

The designation of this national monument is the result of a passionate lobbying effort by a dozen tribes. It reflects a commitment to righting historical injustices and protecting cultural heritage.

Deb Haaland expresses gratitude for President Biden's dedication to Indigenous peoples and ancestral homelands.

The monument includes Red Butte, a significant site for the Havasupai people and birthplace according to their creation stories. By preserving these sacred places, we honor their cultural legacy.

Through the establishment of a tribal commission, relevant tribes will actively participate in managing and protecting the monument.

This collaboration fosters and invigorates a strong partnership between the U.S. government and tribal nations.

The national monument's creation ensures the prevention of new uranium mining projects, safeguarding both the environment and nearby communities.

It largely addresses the health and environmental risks posed by previous mining activities too which has long been awaited.

Let us celebrate this monumental step towards conservation, collaboration, and the protection of tribal history and the environment.

Together, we can preserve the Grand Canyon for generations to come.

Join us in preserving this remarkable natural and cultural heritage.