Four Corners • Entered by Jennifer Singer on September 8, 2022

Local outreach

August 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 5
Post Admin hours 5
Activity Hours 15
Participants 7
Total Hours 115

Key Issue: Multiple apply
Activity Type: Relationship Building with non-white and/or frontline communities (relational meetings, attending events, community support, etc.)
Key Partners: Sally Sharp
Landscape/area: San Juan National Forest (1864595 acres)

Short Description of Activity

1) Meet the Marion’s with Shelby- 4Corners Broadband members. They hike 3x a week and comment on trail conditions. 8/4/2022
2) Meet local USFS- Tom Rice, Chris Bounton, Corey with Shelby and Pat McClenny- Adopt a Trail and get on their Action Alert list. 8/15/2022
3) Meet San Juan Citizens Alliance and Corey Robinson Empire Electric Board Member about solar energy with Sally.
8/23/2022
4) Seed collecting on the Ute Nation- Reconnected with Hannah Ertl and Emily, and met Farley Ketchum. 8/25/2022
5) Ute Historical Perspective on the Dolores River lecture at Dolores Public Library 8/25/2022.
6) Letter to the Editor comparing White Mesa Mill, Pleasant View Solar, and Lower Dolores River Group and how privileged group’s advocacy gets more consideration than frontline community advocacy in the Four Corners area. published 8/312022

Reflection/Evaluation

Outreach goals included local relationship building and letting the Forest Service and BLM know that 4Corners Broadband is here and wants to be included in new action planning and forest stewardship. Shelby and Pat McClenny set up and also attended these meetings with me. Our Broadband has started hiking trails with the Marion’s and will choose one to adopt with our local Public Lands Office staff. My outreach goal was to attend public events on the Ute Nation and reconnect with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Environmental Center. Hannah, Farley and I have a Zoom meeting next week to discuss involving 4Corners Broadband in Mancos Canyon Restoration with her new Trees, Water, and People advocacy for Indigenous Lands group. Farley, a Tribal Wildlife Biologist, spoke about water issues and the need for expensive water infrastructure. I forwarded a Gates Foundation Intent to Apply grant email to him and hope it’s a good fit. My Letter to the Editor was a reflection on how it seems that the White Mesa Ute Mountain Ute peoples concerns about White Mesa Mill polluting their tribal lands does not receive the attention and remediation that White privileged concerns about maintaining their rural environment in Pleasant View does.

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Jennifer Singer native grass seed collecting on the Ute Nation for restoration of Mancos Canyon. Pic by Emily Matyas