Save the Date – April 13 & 14, 2022

We are super excited to announce that we are in the process of planning a Four Corners Region Workshop for 2022! More details to come, but for now, save the date: April 13 & 14, 2022. The plan is for two half-days of virtual sessions. Let us know if you’re interested in presenting or attending!

NAI Four Corners Region encompasses the present-day US states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. The land itself belongs to no one, but it has been nurtured by and been an irremovable part of Indigenous peoples since time immemorial. The US government forcibly removed Tribal peoples from their ancestral homelands throughout history and continues to this day. Indigenous people and their modern Tribal governments have contributed to our society in ways that many of us may yet appreciate. NAI Four Corners Region honors the experiences of Indigenous peoples and seeks to engage in conversations and actions that heal the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds enacted on a people for generations.

NAI Four Corners Region (fka NAI Region 7) extends across the deserts of the Southwest, the Colorado Plateau, part of the Southern Rocky Mountains, the eastern edge of the Great Basin, and the western part of the Great Plains.

Formerly the Rocky Mountain Region, the membership region contracted in size in 2017, going from 1.6 million square miles – from the Mexican border to the Arctic Ocean – to include just the “Four Corners” states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.

Our smaller geographic footprint introduces new opportunities for sharing and growing, as we now can gather in person more easily for workshops and events. The unique landscapes we occupy color our landscape and our history, providing rich opportunities for interpretation. Collectively, we are home to countless municipal, state, and national parks, historical sites, nature centers, zoos, monuments, open spaces, and more.

From north to south, the Mojave to the plains of eastern Colorado, interpreters are grappling with fostering understanding and appreciation in a fast-changing world.  Our special places – and how they are experienced – are changing along with the climate, new technologies, and stakeholder interests. NAI (and Region 7 by extension) aims to help interpreters everywhere rise to the challenge.

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