On Friday, Winter Park staff released an official statement acknowledging the resort’s location on ancestral Indigenous land.
Lakota skier Connor Ryan and NativesOutdoors founder Len Necefer helped draft the statement.
“I hope it sets a new precedent for what all ski resorts should be doing,” Ryan said. “All ski resorts operate on Native land that was taken from Native people.”
The statement lists the Nookhose’iinenno (Northern Arapaho), Tsis tsis’tas (Cheyenne), and Nuuchu (Ute) as the “original stewards” of the land, but… that’s kinda all it does.
There’s some debate about whether the statement should acknowledge the land’s history in a less “sugar-coated” way, or if that onus belongs on the government, not the ski company.
So… what’s next? Some are wondering what concrete actions or reparations are being made to accompany the land acknowledgement.
According to Denverite, the resort is taking steps to “remove barriers that prevent Native people from accessing their own homelands,” through scholarship programs, free rentals, and lessons for Native youths. [Denverite]
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