THE ANCESTRAL LANDS MODEL is rooted in the culture and heritage of local tribal communities. The power and impact of Ancestral Lands programming is due to the community investment and support for each program tribally and locally, combined with the network of operational support from Conservation Legacy. To date there are 17 different Ancestral Lands programs operating both nationally and on the local level.
Conservation Legacy established the Ancestral Lands program model in 2008 based at Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, and has since worked with multiple Native American communities to expand and replicate this model.
Ancestral Lands engages Native youth and young adults in meaningful conservation projects on Native Lands. With programs 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.
Chako • Never Stop
Anthony "Chako" Ciocco leads the Ancestral Lands program on the Navajo Nation under Conservation Legacy's Southwest Conservation Corps. Under Chako's leadership, Native youth work to rebuild damaged ecosystems. As a traditional Mvskoke person, Chako holds cultural preservation very close to his heart. He has dedicated his life to ecological and cultural revitalization, which are two things he believes go hand in hand. Chako is always in the service of others or in service of nature.
Ancestral Lands • Acoma
Aaron Lowden of the Ancestral Lands Program, operated by Southwest Conservation Corps, shares stories of his connection to the lands he helps restore, and the positive impacts on native youth.
Join Ancestral Lands!
Please see the table below for all open Ancestral Lands positions. Click the 'Apply Here' link to learn more and to apply.
|Position Title||Date||Location and Program||Application|
|NMYCC Crew Member||June–Aug, 2018||Zuni, NM• Zuni||Apply Here|
|Adult Crew Member||Summer 2018||Acoma Pueblo, NM• Acoma||Apply Here|
|Summer Crew Member||Summer 2018||Acoma Pueblo, NM• Acoma||Apply Here|
|Barrio Youth Corps Crew Leader||Start Date: April 9th, 2018||Albuquerque, NM•LPI||Apply Here|
|Barrio Youth Corps Assistant Crew Leader • Crew Leader Development Program||Start Date: April 9th, 2018||Albuquerque, NM•LPI||Apply Here|
|Crew Leader||Spring 2018||Kykotsmovi, AZ • Hopi||Apply Here|
|Assistant Crew Leader||Spring 2018||Kykotsmovi, AZ • Hopi||Apply Here|
|Conservation Crew Member||Summer 2018||Gallup, NM • Navajo||Apply Here|
|Crew Leader Development Program Assistant Crew Leader||Spring 2018||Acoma Pueblo, NM • Acoma||Apply Here|
|Crew Leader Development Program Crew Leader||Spring 2018||Acoma Pueblo, NM • Acoma||Apply Here|
|Crew Member||Spring/Summer 2018||Zuni, NM • Zuni||Apply Here|
|Crew Leader Development Program Assistant Crew Leader||Spring/Summer 2018||Zuni, NM • Zuni||Apply Here|
|Crew Leader Development Program Crew Leader||Spring/Summer 2018||Zuni, NM • Zuni||Apply Here|
|Crew Leader||Spring/Summer 2018||Zuni, NM • Zuni||Apply Here|
|Assistant Crew Leader||Spring/Summer 2018||Zuni, NM • Zuni||Apply Here|
|VISTA • Bandelier National Monument||Spring 2018||Los Alamos, NM||Apply Here|
|Historical Interpretation Display Design • Ft. Laramie NHS||Spring 2018||Goshen County, WY||Apply Here|
ANCESTRAL LANDS OVERVIEW: Types of programming and locations where Ancestral Lands programs operate. PARTNER WITH US: Follow this link for more information about becoming a partner with Conservation Legacy's Ancestral Lands program and what types of projects are possible.
Field Staff Contact
Shonto Greyeyes, Program Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-879-0145
Aaron Lowden, Program Coordinator
email@example.com or 505-552-4084
Ryan Aguilar, Program Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-870-0101
Marshall Masayesva, Program Coordinator
email@example.com or 505-713-8786
Program Staff Contact
Chas Robles, Program Director
firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.403.0146
Chako, National Program Coordinator
email@example.com or 505.870.4810