For all corporate sponsorships, the Utah Wild donates 5% directly back to our Purposeful Partner. This program stems from the idea that as we grow, our community should also grow.
Our 2021 - 2022 Purposeful Partner: Utah Diné Bikéyah
About Utah Diné Bikéyah
Diné Bikéyah (pronounced di-NAY bi-KAY-uh) means “people’s sacred lands” in the Navajo language. Utah Diné Bikéyah is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works toward healing of people and the Earth by supporting indigenous communities in protecting their culturally significant, ancestral lands.
Utah Diné Bikéyah’s mission is to: “Preserve and protect the cultural and natural resources of ancestral Native American lands to benefit and bring healing to people and the Earth.”
Utah Diné Bikéyah provides critical tools, training, and technical support to the five Tribes—Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute, & Uintah Ouray Ute—who are leading the call to protect the Bears Ears cultural landscape as a national monument. Specifically, they provide:
Traditional Ecological Knowledge research and mapping
Public lands policy analysis
Native American grassroots community organizing
Discovery, Inclusion, and Sport in our Communities (DISC) UT
With the support of Utah Diné Bikéyah, we have applied for grant funding that would allow us to travel down to southern Utah and provide resources such as discs and coaching to help develop an Ultimate community. Our programming would aim to target specifically girls, because it has been proven that across the state and country, sports resources for girls are not as strong as they are for boys and we believe that girls deserve access to sports and all of the benefits that come with playing sport! In a sports landscape that is dominated by basketball, rodeo, and track and field we believe that introducing an additional outlet for sport would benefit the Indigenous girls sports community.
This program would be called Discovery, Inclusion, and Sport in our Communities, or DISC UT and would take place early summer 2023.
If you’re interested, please sign up for our email list or reach out to us with your ideas, concerns, or any information that you think may be helpful in making this program a success!
Find Out More about Utah Diné Bikéyah
WHY THE PURPOSEFUL PARTNERSHIP
LEVERAGING OUR PRIVILEGE
As a board, team, and sport of primarily white people it is important to recognize the fundraising advantages we have and work against the oppressive systems that provide that privilege by distributing wealth
LIVING OUR VALUES
Utah Diné Bikéyah's mission and values are right in line with our values of Western Community, Inclusion and Equity, Leadership, and Environmentalism
ACKNOWLEDGING OUR LANGUAGE
Our team name and iconography reflect the many landscapes of Utah and the Mountain West. We recognize that these landscapes are the direct result of indigenous skill and technology and that the concept of "wilderness" is a colonial, romanticized concept