EcoTruths for Indigenous Youth!

EcoTruths for Indigenous Youth!

This season series focuses on water

Story Keepers of Water & All Our Relations

Through outdoor field trips, overnight camps and virtual meetups, EcoTruths for Indigenous Youth Internship engages Native youth ages 16-22 in fostering relationships with Mother Earth all her offspring, and the various forms of life that have emerged from her re-creative energies.

In (re)establishing our relationship with her local personalities and powers, we hope to (re)member our responsibility to her and all our relations. (Re)Membering one’s relationship to the Lands one shares with others, one may begin to identify their own EcoTruths. Truths that can help better inform pathways into Eco-Leadership and defense through policy creation and development.

This Internship is created and led by Indigenous Educators specifically for Indigenous youth with Tribal affiliations

Seasonal Labs include: Autumn Lab, Winter Camp, Spring Lab, Summer Mentoring

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Internship Schedule

Program DatesProgram ActivitiesActivity LocationsProgram Start and End Time
Sunday, 11/6/22*Orientation/History of WaterVirtual10:00AM to 12:30PM
Sunday, 11/13/22*O'odham History of WaterVirtual11:00AM to 12:30PM
Sunday, 11/27/22Field Trip: Making Medicine with Kinship-Salve MakingIronwood Tree Experience
& University of Arizona
1:00PM to 4:30PM
Sunday, 12/4/22*Policy & WaterVirtual11:00AM to 12:30PM
Sunday 12/11/22*Climate Change & WaterVirtual11:00AM to 12:30PM
Sunday 12/18/22Uniting Our Voices for Water - celebrationIronwood Tree Experience10:00AM to 12:30PM
TBD, January overnightOvernight CampSanta Rita Mountains9AM first day through 4PM next day
Sunday, 1/15/23Celebration of year-long EcoTruthsTBD10:00AM to 12:30PM

*Indicates in-person session otherwise, sessions are on Zoom

All program dates are on Sunday’s

There is no Fee to participate in the Autumn Lab or Winter Camp

Stipend of $250 is provided to Interns who participate in both the Autumn Lab and Winter Camp


Meet some of the EcoTruths for Indigenous Youth team!


Dorothy Pallanes - Yaqui


How would YOU describe the Santa Cruz River Valley and Sonoran Desert to someone who has never heard of the place?

“The Santa Cruz and the Sonoran desert have been the home and migrating path for the Yaqui, Tohono O’odham and Hohokam people since time immemorial. The ecosystem is unique to the Sonoran desert- we have drought resistant plants like the saguaro and we have water gulping plants like desert cotton wood. the color pallet of this place is a bright baby blue, jade and olive green, and a dark brown and dark purple. the people here are a community of veterans, auto workers, hippies, white liberals, chicano boys and girls, and many an athlete. Everyone has a different story here and they can all be shared over delicious food on any corner of the city.”


Nicholas Wilson - Diné

Why I joined the EcoTruth Team?
I envision the creation of a program wherein we (re)learned how to (re)create generations of Peoples “who will come to understand their lives and take up the responsibility to all living things” (Vine Deloria Jr.). Below is Deloria’s full quote.
“The future of mankind lies waiting for those who will come to understand their lives and take up the responsibilities to all living things” – Vine Deloria Jr.
With this in mind, how do we get others to fund and sustain this work, as it is important work, not just for Indigenous Peoples but all Peoples and forms of life.
Selso Villegas

Dr Selso Villegas - Tohono O'odham

Selso Villegas

Why I joined the EcoTruth Team?

I believe that it is my duty as an Indigenous Scientist to transfer all relevant information I know about Mother Earth (jewed ka:cim) to the next generation.


Harrenson Gorman - Diné


Why I joined the EcoTruth Team?

As a five fingered being of the Earth, I have a responsibility to find and uphold reciprocity for all my relations with the human, the non-human, the known and the unknown. Connecting with the multi-generational folks from Eco-Truths is one way I can hold space to honor those relationships.

Melodie Lopez

Melodie A. Lopez, MSW (Hopi/Dinè/Pueblo/Mexican)

Melodie Lopez
Why I joined the EcoTruths team?
As part of this multigenerational, intertribal team who nurture young Indigenous peoples to find their connection to and understanding of Earth, I believe this generation are our policy creators, tribal leaders and nonprofit board members who will center Indigenous culture, knowledge and language into mainstream environmental spaces.