The story behind the rising variety of tribal nationwide parks

Posted by Jeff on Nov 30, 2020 @ 6:54 am in Conservation | 0 comments | Last change: November 29, 2020

This week saw the announcement of a new national park that will eventually span 444 acres on the Nebraska-Kansas border. However, the governing body building this new park is not the National Park Service. Instead, it is founded by the Iowa tribe of Kansas and Nebraska.

The Ioway Tribal National Park “will overlook a historic trading village where the Ioway traded with other tribes for buffalo skins and pipestones in the 13th to 15th centuries.” When completed, Ioway Tribal National Park will join a growing number of tribal national parks across North America.

It is worth noting here that this is not an exclusively American phenomenon. Similar parks have been established in other countries where indigenous peoples have faced war, oppression, and relocation in the name of colonialism. Booderee National Park on the east coast of Australia belongs to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and is jointly managed by Parks Australia and the indigenous community there.

There is one more factor in establishing tribal national parks: making sure the story is conveyed correctly and that visitors to holy places behave appropriately. The Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park website mentions that some areas in Antelope Canyon can only be visited with a guide – something that will help protect the stunning landscapes for future generations.

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