Shonto became a part of the Ancestral Lands Family in February 2017. He draws experience in conservation corps work from The Coconino Rural Environment Corps (CREC), Montana Conservation Corps (MCC), Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC), and the Forest Service. Starting with a chainsaw crew in 2012 as a member, to his role now with Ancestral Lands as a Program Coordinator. Shonto has been striving to work his way up the ladder and continually develop his skills to better engage young adults from his own indigenous community. “I want to make a positive impact in the lives of our indigenous youth; to cultivate more mindful, environmentally conscious tribal leaders for the future of our people.” Whether it is Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, or tending the corn fields, Shonto finds himself comfortable in every aspect of the outdoors.