The American Indian Youth Historic Preservation Internship program at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument completed its second season on August 15th with a celebration at the Pine Ranch.
Four Southern Paiute tribal chairpersons, several members of the pioneering Mathis family, and BLM and NPS staff attended the event to view the completed restoration project. While enjoying lunch on the front porch of the historic structure, the group listened to members of the family share experiences of life at the ranch and the site’s significant heritage value. Tribal officials and the Mathis family were very impressed with the youth project accomplishments.
The work project employed seven Native American youth interns to stabilize and begin to restore an early 1900s wood cabin that was originally built by the Mathis family and served as a ranch headquarters for many years before the lands were acquired by the federal government. The cabin was very badly deteriorated and near ruin. The two crew supervisors and interns were hired through the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians with funding provided from BLM and NPS youth initiatives.
“This is such a wonderful example of combining interagency youth funding to benefit our tribal partners and provide these kids with useful skills and at the same time preserving these historic ranching sites,” said Superintendent Rosie Pepito.
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is located on the Arizona Strip and is jointly managed by the NPS and BLM.