The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has deep historical and modern-day connection to Native peoples, including the Hopi, Zuni, Dine/Navajo, San Juan Southern Paiute, Kaibab Paiute, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Acoma nations.

Our mission begins with “honoring the past” of this Monument. Over the years, Partners has worked and collaborated on research projects in the Monument that include cataloging hundreds of Native archeological sites, and dozens of oral histories. You can find much of this work here.

The next part of our mission is about “safeguarding the future” of this Monument. In this regard, we recognize the importance of including more more Native knowledge and participation of Native peoples in land management. With over five million Native peoples in the U.S., we are committed to doing more to include these voices in our work and practices. We are partnering with the Grand Canyon Trust to bring you a five-part teach-in series on: “Native Perspectives—on Public Land and Tribal Preservation.”

Talia Boyd, Cultural Landscapes Program Manager for Grand Canyon Trust hosts these panel discussions. Below, you will find recordings of all these events, along with bios of the speakers. We have one remaining panel featuring Native speakers that will be 6:00-7:00 pm MDT (5:00-6:00 AZ/MST) today, on October 22nd. Register for this event here.

Teach-in #1 | Native Perspectives on Public Lands and Tribal Preservation

In this introductory event, Talia Boyd talks with Neak Loucks, our Education Programs Manager, about the importance of this teach-in series, and what to expect.

Teach-in #2 | Native Perspectives on Public Lands and Tribal Preservation

In the second session of our five-part teach-in series, Talia Boyd hosted Native experts, Lyle Balenquah, Janene Yazzie, and Jim Enote, as they discussed the importance of including Native knowledge in land use practices and land management.

Meet the Panelists

Janene Yazzie

Janene Yazzie

is the program manager of Sustainable Community Development with the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC). She has worked on climate change, water security, food security, broadband development, energy development, and nation-building with Indigenous communities for the past 11 years.

Lyle Balenquah

Lyle Balenquah

is a Hopi archaeologist, ethnographer, and educator who has worked in the American Southwest for 20 years. He is a member of the Greasewood Clan from the village of Bacavi and has focused his professional career on documenting and educating about ancestral Hopi settlements and lifeways.

Jim Enote

Jim Enote

is a Zuni tribal member and CEO of the Colorado Plateau Foundation. He serves on the boards of the Trust for Mutual Understanding and Grand Canyon Trust. As a fundraiser and educator to the philanthropic community, Jim connects, engages, and leverages funding to support regional issues on the Colorado Plateau.

Teach-in #3 | Native Perspectives on Public Lands and Tribal Preservation

In the third session of our five-part teach-in series, Talia Boyd hosted Native experts, Joseph Brewer II, Ph.D., Kelsey Dayle John, P.H.D., and Cris Stainbrook, as they discussed Native land rights and land co-management—including human and animal relationships with the land.

Meet the Panelists

Kelsey Dayle John

Kelsey Dayle John, P.h.D.

Diné, is an assistant professor of Gender and Women’s and American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. Her work is on horse/human relationships and creating educational and research spaces that center nonhuman knowledges. She also does work on Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous feminisms, and organizes an annual horse conference on the Navajo Nation.

Joseph P. Brewer II, P.h.D

Joseph P. Brewer II, P.h.D

Cherokee/Oglala Lakota, is the Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Kansas. He works with Indigenous peoples on issues related to natural resources management/stewardship; energy sovereignty and self-determination; the Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program, land tenure; and how Indigenous knowledge informs natural resources management agencies.

Cris Stainbrook

Cris Stainbrook

Lakota, is president of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation in Little Canada, Minnesota. ILTF has distributed nearly $50 million in grants, contracts, and loans to land projects throughout Indian Country. He was also Community Activities Lead with Northwest Area Foundation, where he managed programs in sustainable development, natural resource management, economic development and basic human needs.

Teach-in #4 | Native Perspectives on Public Lands and Tribal Preservation

In the fourth session of our five-part teach-in series, Talia Boyd hosted Native experts, Beata Tsosie-Peña, Roberto Nutlouis, and Adesbah Foguth as they discussed the importance of visiting with respect on ancestral land and on grassroots community organizing.

Meet the Panelists

Beata Tsosie-Peña

Beata Tsosie-Peña

Santa Clara Pueblo, is a mother, poet, and seed keeper, and has worked as the Environmental Health and Justice Coordinator for Tewa Women United for over a decade. She is a full-spectrum doula and has served on several local community boards. As part of her work, she manages the creation of the Española Healing Foods Oasis demonstration garden project and Española Healing Foods Seed Library.

Roberto Nutlouis

Roberto Nutlouis

Diné, is from Pinon, AZ. He is Bitterwater clan, born for Big Water clan. For years, Nutlouis has been organizing on environmental justice, food security, energy efficiency, housing, and youth leadership. In his spare time, he likes to work on food security issues and traditional knowledge in agriculture with Native youth, and he enjoys hiking, river rafting, camping, and reading.

Adesbah Foguth

Adesbah Foguth

Diné, is an archaeologist, park ranger, and educator, who is devoted to creating interpretive talks and educational material on decolonizing Native history. A former teacher on Navajo Nation and interpretive ranger at Chaco Canyon, she currently works as a ranger for the Bureau of Land Management. Check out her work on instagram: @native_power_rangers.

Teach-in #5 | Native Perspectives on Public Lands and Tribal Preservation

In the fifth session of our five-part teach-in series, Talia Boyd hosted Native experts, Angelo Baca, Julia Bernal, and Hank Stevens, as they highlight the importance of Native-led initiatives in co-management of ancestral lands and grassroots community organizing.

Meet the Panelists

Angelo Baca

Julia Bernal

Sandia Pueblo/Yuchi/Taos Pueblo/Creek, is enrolled at the University of New Mexico in water resources policy management and community and regional planning. Bernal serves as the Environmental Justice Director for the Pueblo Action Alliance that advocates for the protection of Chaco Canyon, carbon pricing: false solutions to climate change, non-renewable energy divestment, and education on fracking produced water, and extractive colonialism.

Julia Bernal

Angelo Baca

Diné/Hopi, creates educational and collaborative films, including the documentary, “‘Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears.” Baca obtained his master’s degree from the Native Voices Program at the University of Washington, and is completing a doctorate in sociocultural anthropology at New York University. He is the Cultural Resources Coordinator at Utah Diné Bikéyah, dedicated to the protection of culturally significant ancestral lands.

Hank Stevens

Hank Stevens

Diné, was born and raised in NaaTsis’Aan (Navajo Mountain), San Juan County, Utah, along Lake Powell and the San Juan River. He is the president of NaaTsis’Aan community, president of the Western Navajo Agency Council representing 18 Navajo Nation communities, and also a member of the Navajo Utah Commission in San Juan County.