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Applications Now Open for Free, Nine-Day Grand Canyon Excursion for Native Youth

The Grand Canyon Regional Intertribal Intergenerational Stewardship Expedition (RIISE) invites Native youth from ages 16-20, identifying as members of affiliated tribes of the Grand Canyon, to apply for its third annual, free, nine-day Colorado River rafting excursion through the Grand Canyon, from July 15-23. '

Organized by the Grand Canyon Trust and Grand Canyon Youth, with support from Arizona Raft Adventures and Grand Canyon Expeditions, this immersive journey will accommodate up to 18 young leaders, offering them the opportunity to explore the Grand Canyon alongside Indigenous knowledge keepers, river guides, and environmental advocates.

"Our goal is to bring young Native leaders back to their ancestral lands to learn from their elder tribal relatives the histories and stories of the Grand Canyon," said trip facilitator Amber Benally of the Grand Canyon Trust, in a press release. "Our people were forced from their homelands to make room for Grand Canyon National Park, and too often I hear our young people say, 'there's nothing there for me' or 'I don't belong here.' But we do belong here. We are still here. And sharing knowledge and connecting with the canyon and with each other is an important way to remember who we are as Indigenous people."


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