Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture is partnering with Conservation Legacy’s Southwest Conservation Corps to establish an Ancestral Lands Program that will be based on the Hopi Reservation. Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) provides young women and men with structured, safe and challenging service and educational opportunities through projects that promote personal growth, the development of social skills, and an ethic of natural resource stewardship. The SCC program model incorporates guiding principles of experiential learning, respect, openness and willingness, commitment, responsibility, pride, excellence, health, safety, and fun. On a typical project, Corps members work, learn and camp in teams with up to six crewmembers and 2 crew leaders. Projects include trail building, fuels reduction, riparian restoration, erosion control, tree planting, fencing, and invasive plant removal.
Ancestral Lands is a unique program established by SCC that engages Native youth and young adults in meaningful conservation projects on Native Lands. With programs based in Acoma Pueblo, Navajo Nation, and most recently Zuni Pueblo; Ancestral Lands crews have being working on projects from historical preservation, traditional agriculture, chainsaw crews, hiking clubs, stream restoration, fencing, trail construction and more. The Ancestral Lands program also aims to incorporate traditional culture and language as part of crew lifestyle and project work.
We are raising funding for continued efforts to support and grow a local conservation corps program in the Hopi Community. We are fundraising to employ Field Coordinator to be based in Kykotsmovi to recruit, interview and select local Crew Leaders and Corps members; work with local entities, land managers, conservation programs, tribal partners and National Park units to develop programs for local Hopi youth; and to support local conservation crews.
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