Recently, Rocky Mountain Park officials met with representatives of several Native American groups to discuss ways the park can increase communications with indigenous peoples as well as representation of those people within the park.
Native American groups from University of Colorado, including the Center of the American West and the Center for Native American Indigenous Studies, as well as other students, met with park representatives to open the lines of communication.
One of the sentiments expressed by Native Americans was what the groups wanted visitors to Rocky Mountain Park to know about the land and how to tell that story. This could add depth to the way that visitors to the park interact with the land. Among the tribes that have lived in the area before it became Rocky Mountain Park are the Ute, Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Comanche.
Max Bear, director of the Culture and Heritage Program and the Tribal Historic Preservation Office for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma, expressed gratitude that lines of communication have opened with the officials from the park.
The first meeting welcome tribal members from Wyoming and Oklahoma while park officials expect to speak with members from Utah, Colorado, and Montana in upcoming meetings.
Rocky Mountain Park officials are not the only ones engaging in open and honest communication with tribal members. The National Park Service has been working with Native Americans to improve exhibits in parks around the country.Categories: Native American, Native American Culture, Rocky Mountain Park