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Grand Canyon National Park launches a webpage about associated Native American tribes

Coverage of tribal natural resources is supported in part by Catena Foundation

If you’re planning a visit to the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service wants you to take some time to learn about the tribal communities that call the region home. Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park’s website will now see a  new page dedicated to the Native American tribes associated with the region.

There are 11 tribes associated with the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, Las Vegas Band of Paiutes, Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, Navajo Nation, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation, and Pueblo of Zuni. The new web page includes links and other background information about each one.

“We really want to emphasize the fact that our native tribes here at the Grand Canyon still have very strong connections to this landscape and are still a part of the landscape,” said Joelle Baird, with the National Park Service, “We don’t want to think of the tribes as having a historic presence, or that they used to be here. They’re still very much a part of the park."

Baird said the site will be updated regularly with information about cultural programming at the Grand Canyon and ongoing collaborative projects between the National Park Service and tribal communities. 

Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent reporting on a variety of issues, including public health and climate change.