Native Land Aknowledgement

We have started a business celebrating a corner of the world we love. We need to acknowledge the people of the past and present, whose heritage is linked inextricably to this place. We are in the process of connecting with Native Lands through the Native Governance center. The Minturn Mile, within the White River National Forest is Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) land. 

We are learning about Land Acknowledgement, and even though this is a rudimentary first step, it is of extreme importance. This region of Colorado is ancestral homelands to Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. The Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) Nations and peoples in this area, have many bands including but not limited to the Parianuche, Yamparika, and Tabeguache who homed and traveled the land we colloquially referred to as the Minturn Mile, Game Creek, Lionshead Rock, and Cougar Ridge. The Parianuche Ute band - “The Elk People” or “Grand River” people are one of many native groups we would like to acknowledge as stewards of this land. We are learning how words and actions can reaffirm the ties these Nations have to this land.

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