Indigenous People’s Day is a holiday that recognizes the diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Indigenous communities worldwide.
By celebrating their resilience, wisdom, and cultural heritage, The Corps Network honors Indigenous communities and promotes a more inclusive understanding of history. Indigenous People’s Day reminds us of the ongoing barriers faced by Indigenous communities and calls upon us to actively support their rights and aspirations. By amplifying Indigenous voices, fostering cross-cultural understanding, and providing more meaningful opportunities for Tribal youth, we can work towards building more equitable and resilient communities.
The Corps Network is proud to work with Service and Conservation Corps that have developed programs specifically for Tribal youth. Tribal Youth Corps programs engage young people from Native American or Indigenous communities through educational, vocational, and personal development opportunities. Program participants focus on fostering leadership skills, cultural preservation, environmental stewardship, and community engagement while serving in a Corps.
In 2023, Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps (ALCC) won The Corps Network’s Project of the Year for their critical water delivery services to the Acoma-Pueblo community after a water-infrastructure crisis affected hundreds in the community.
Here’s what a community member had to say about ALCC’s efforts:
“Da waa ee (thank you) for showing the true meaning of caring about our community and people by actually getting out and doing something to help others! Many blessings to you all.”
Serving in a Corps can also allow Tribal youth to explore and embrace their heritage. Precious Vicente, former Corpsmember with American Conservation Experience and recipient of the 2023 Corpsmember of the Year award, is of Hopi and Akimel O’oodham heritage. Through her Corps experience, Precious helped preserve her culture, educated the public about her Indigenous heritage, and then went on to serve as a National Park Service Park Ranger at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.
“The Corps has influenced me to be a leader in my community. When kids come to tour our site, I hope that they can see a representation of themselves working in the Corps or National Park Service.” -Precious Vicente / 2023