Washington, D.C. — Today, President Biden designated the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument. In reaction to the designation, Vet Voice Foundation CEO, Janessa Goldbeck, released the following statement:
“From their first day in office, the Biden Administration has been committed to operating with an open door and a focus on listening to community groups and safe-guarding places sacred to some and important for all. Today’s designation is another shining example of that commitment and the administration’s dedication to our nation’s public lands and the goals laid out in their America the Beautiful agenda.
“At least eleven Tribes maintain cultural connections to the Grand Canyon. Because of its connection to Native peoples – a group that has the highest per-capita representation of any in the U.S. Armed Forces – the Grand Canyon, and the extended area surrounding it, is by default a special place for veterans and military families.
“In addition to the spiritual and cultural significance of this area, the Grand Canyon watershed also provides abundant opportunities for hiking, hunting, fishing, and solitude – key experiences veterans have long turned to in the wake of our military service.
“We look forward to celebrating today’s designation alongside Tribal leaders, community groups, our fellow veterans, and the Biden administration.”