On April 11, 2023, tribal leaders of the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition called on President Biden to protect about a million acres of their ancestral homelands around the Grand Canyon as a new national monument. President Biden officially designated Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in August 2023.

Read the tribal coalition’s press release →

What does Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni mean?

Baaj Nwaavjo means “where Indigenous peoples roam” for the Havasupai Tribe and I’tah Kukveni means “our ancestral footprints” for the Hopi Tribe.

How do you pronounce Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni?

Hear Carletta Tilousi (Havasupai) pronounce Baaj Nwaavjo

Hear Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma (Hopi) pronounce I’tah Kukveni

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