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2023 Was Good and 2024 is Going to be Great!
Published on December 22, 2023 by Miki'ala Catalfano

Thank you everyone for your continued support!
2023 has been a year of preparation for Native Roots Network.  We have been adding new feathers to the fletching, and straightening our arrows.
We made new friends with a sacred run in Paiute country as we ran along the northern watershed of the Colorado River between Lake Powell and Hoover Dam. One of our principals secured a Fellowship she is working with culture bearers and community members to participate in a cultural asset mapping project. We were happy to get back into the cultural exchange business and hosted friends from Japan to learn about and experience the Native culture of our community.We traveled to Virginia to meet with others in the effort to build solidarity economy models and national networks of support. And through all of those activities we have been gearing up to work with a local organization to purchase a property to create a home for our “Acornomics” community development design. “Acornomics”, a localized, sustainable economic concept which reflects the relationship of reciprocity between Native Peoples and our local ecosystem that is localized, informed by traditional practices and values inherent within Indigenous worldviews. The arrows are ready, knocked and we are drawing back the bow.

We have been managing a challenging schedule of grant proposal platforms, requirements and deadlines. We have had to direct a lot of time and work toward these efforts. We have been able to engage with our circle to help draw upon the experience and knowledge present in our group.  We are looking forward to more opportunities to do some more hands-on-the-land work in 2024.

2024 will be the 20-year anniversary of Native Roots Network! We are excited to step into this year working in tandem with a local organization to secure the land for the Əl Kulus Community Center. We will get to work with several projects including training some team members in Traditional Ecological Knowledge land restoration practices and begin to restore the site. We plan to carry out the rest of the community cultural asset project and hold community gatherings and events. We are also preparing to work with other partners to form an Indigenous-Led Community Land Trust so we can be a part of liberating and rematriating land and help our community foster alternatives to the speculative real estate market and interrupt the continued history of plunder and displacement. We are excited. We are poised. We are ready to release and let the arrows fly.