“It is important to understand the longstanding history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation.” Northwestern University
The lands on which we operate all of our domestic programs are the ancestral lands of various Indigenous people. We recognize the people who inhabited and stewarded the land for thousands of years before European colonization. This land acknowledgement is one small step toward true allyship and we commit to uplifting the voices, experiences, and histories of the Indigenous people of this land and beyond.
Land Acknowledgement is the first step, but it's important to do more. We're working with the local Washoe Tribe to offer our services in a way that is useful to the tribe. We're conducting on-snow Avalanche Awareness programs with Washoe youth. We also have a BIPOC Scholarship that aims to increase access and representation in the backcountry for historically and currently opressed groups.
Tahoe National Forest
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Truckee Donner Land Trust
Mount Shasta National Forest
Inyo National Forest
(Operating Areas from Lee Vining to Wonoga Peak south of Mt Whitney).
These are the ancestral lands of the Mono Lake Northern Paiute, Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone, Miwok and Western Shoshone Tribes.
Sources for California Tribal Lands: California Traditional Tribal Territories Map
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, North Cascades National Park
These are the ancestral lands of the Upper Skagit Tribe, Nooksack Tribe, Samish Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe
These are the ancestral lands of the Swinomish Tribe, Samish Tribe, Upper Skagit Tribe
Sources for Washington Tribal Lands: Washington Traditional Tribal Territories Map