Ancestral Lands Programs: Leading our Nations back to ecological and cultural well-being.

THE ANCESTRAL LANDS MODEL is rooted in the culture and heritage of local tribal communities. The power and impact of Ancestral Lands programming is due to the community investment and support for each program tribally and locally, combined with the network of operational support from Conservation Legacy. To date there are 17 different Ancestral Lands programs operating both nationally and on the local level. 


Conservation Legacy established the Ancestral Lands program model in 2008 based at Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, and has since worked with multiple Native American communities to expand and replicate this model.


Conservation Legacy is a national non-profit that is dedicated to supporting locally based conservation service programs that empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. 


BECOME AN ANCESTRAL LANDS MEMBER! We are now accepting applications for positions across the country. Click the links below to explore current openings for members and leaders. Please see Conservation Legacy’s staff openings page for any Ancestral Lands staff postions that may be available.


Join an Ancestral Lands Crew with Southwest Conservation Corps:

  • Navajo
  • Zuni
  • Hopi
  • Acoma

Join an Ancestral Lands Crew with Arizona Conservation Corps:

  • White Mountain Apache
  • Grand Canyon
  • Phoenix

Apply for Ancestral Lands Individual Placements:

  • Ancestral Lands VISTA Positions
  • Ancestral Lands Internships
  • BIA Watercorps
  • Tribal Colleges internships
  • Additional placements across the United States



Click here and enter 'Ancestral' in the search field.





ANCESTRAL LANDS OVERVIEW: Types of programming and locations where Ancestral Lands programs operate.


PARTNER WITH US: Follow this link for more information about becoming a partner with Conservation Legacy's Ancestral Lands program and what types of projects are possible. 


Ancestral Lands crew working together.






2016 Ancestral Lands Report

2015 Ancestral Lands Report






Chas Robles 

Program Director

Office: 970.403.0146  

Cell: 970.216.5988



National Program Coordinator

Cell: 505.870.4810


Office Locations:

  • Gallup, NM
  • Zuni, NM
  • Acoma Pueblo, NM
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Beckley, WV