MEDIA ADVISORY: Grijalva, Sen. Sinema to Join Tribes in Call for POTUS to Designate Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument
TUCSON, Ariz. – On Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. Arizona / 1:30 p.m. Eastern, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) will join members of the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition in a virtual press conference to call on President Biden to use his authorities under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to protect the tribal nations’ Grand Canyon homelands and designate it as the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument. Baaj Nwaavjo means “where tribes roam” for the Havasupai Tribe and I’tah Kukveni means “our footprints” for the Hopi Tribe.
The Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition consists of leadership representatives of the Havasupai Tribe, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab Paiute Tribe, Las Vegas Band of Paiute Tribe, Moapa Band of Paiutes, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Navajo Nation, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation, Pueblo of Zuni, and the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
Members of the media who wish to join the press conference, please RSVP to Jason.Johnson@mail.house.gov.
Ranking Member Grijalva and Sen. Sinema join Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition in press conference to launch campaign to designate the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument
Additional speakers to be announced.
Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. Arizona / 1:30 p.m. Eastern
For more than a decade, tribal leaders have been fighting to protect the Grand Canyon region and establish a National Monument. More information on that effort is available here.
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