Rainbow Kayaks on Lake Mead
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A Culture of Belonging

The folks who walk through our doors seeking employment are some of the most fascinating people on this planet. We make great efforts to promote inclusion and belonging at Desert Adventures. The word family can get tossed around lightly, but we form strong bonds here.  Like glue. 'Ohana.

 

We are proud to be a woman owned and operated business and a LBGTQIA+ friendly company. We believe diversity and acceptance are crucial to our evolution, both as a company and as a human race. Our retail location has gender neutral restrooms and our staff will exchange pronouns with you.  We challenge our unconscious biases, advocate for equity in the workplace, and practice leaning in.

We recognize the lack of racial and economic diversity in outdoor recreation. We celebrate and foster safe spaces where under respresented groups can discover the magic of nature.  We have tried to be as diverse in our website and marketing as we are in real life. We believe recreational opportunities can be available to everyone regardless of ethnicity, skin color, religion, age, weight, shape, ability, gender, or socio-economic status. 

bipoc paddler in a red kayak on lake mead

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We support social justice, ending racism and hate, and equal human rights for all. 

Assembly Bill No. 1968

Tribal Land Acknowledment Act of 2020

It is important to understand history and our place within it, including atrocities such as genocide, ethnic cleansing, stolen land, and forced removal by colonizers. Native people have endured colonial efforts to erase their existence, cultures, religions, languages, and connections to ancestral territories. 

 

We recognize Native American peoples as traditional stewards of this land. Many Native American people remain displaced from their homeland, yet are still actively engaged in cultural revitalization and resource protection.  We encourage each person who visits to think about what it means to occupy this space. We honor the First Nations, celebrate their culture and heritage and choose to pay respect to the struggles of their journey; both past and present.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE

We live, work and recreate on the unceded land of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute), Pauite Indian Tribe of Utah, Kaibab band of Paiute Indians, Nüwüwü (Chemehuevi), Pipa Aha Macav (Mojave), Hualapai, Kwatsáan (Quechan), Xawiƚƚ kwñchawaay (Cocopah), and Yavapai Apache peoples.

 

We acknowledge these Native American communities, their tribal elders both past and present, as well as future generations.

 

Desert Adventures also acknowledges that the land was founded upon exclusions and erasures of many indigenous peoples, including those along the Colorado River corridor and the Mojave desert. We wish to show a commitment to beginning the process of working to dismantle the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism and providing a more accurate version of history, even if unpleasant and uncomfortable.

Ancestral Native American petroglyphs near Valley of Fire
Acknowledging Tribal Lands

Honoring Indigenous Inhabitants

Tribal land acknowledgment provides a learning opportunity for individuals who may have never heard the names of the tribes that continue to live and learn from the land. Land acknowledgment is Native American tribal protocol, and the practice establishes a respectful routine and habit of offering reconciliation.  We have tried to be as accurate as possible. If there are errors please let us know so we can correct them.  

native american petroglyphs on red rocks