Native Americans have a deep connection to their surrounding land. Individuals display that connection through hunting, fishing, foraging, and ceremony among other things. But there is a demonstrated lack of diversity when it comes to outdoor recreation. A 2015 survey by the National Park Service shows nearly 80 percent of visitors are white. The percentage of Native American visitors to National Parks is in the single digits. Some Native outdoor enthusiasts are working to improve those numbers. We’ll talk with them about what outdoor recreation has to offer Native Americans, and visa-versa.
Dr. Len Necefer (Diné) – founder of Natives Outdoors
Ashleigh Thompson (Red Lake Ojibwe) – Ph.D student in archaeology. Outdoor enthusiasm, distance runner, hiker, climber and snowboarder
Alisha Deegan (Hidatsa and Arikara) – chief of interpretation and cultural resources at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota
Break music: Harmony Nights (song) Cheevers Toppah & Alex Smith (artist) Harmony Nights: Native American Vocal Harmony (album)