Anthony Ciocco, known to most as ‘Chako’, joined SCC Ancestral Lands in 2012 leading ecological restoration crews on the Navajo rez. Chako is of the Mvskoke Nation, Tokvpvcce tribe, Hotvlkvlke clan, and calls Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico home. After graduating from CU Boulder he worked in his local Mvskoke (Creek and Seminole) communities doing language revitalization and Indigenous food sovereignty work. A lifelong outdoorsman he believes ecological restoration and the corps lifestyle is an ideal space to empower Indigenous young people. Through his corps experience he has found a rare opportunity for Native young adults to forge life-long friendships, share deep personal transformative experiences, and work for the betterment of their communities both ecologically and culturally.
His professional career has focused on these important intersections of Indigenous culture, wilderness, language, agriculture, and physical well-being. In 2014 Chako received the Champion of Change Award from the White House for his work with Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands program. While his work in Ancestral Lands is truly a labor of love, outside of the office he spends his time with his family, in his traditional community, or hunting, fishing, rock climbing and being in the wilderness.
Anthony is an official selection for SHIFT’s 2016 Youth Leadership award, which recognizes an individual under 30 who is leveraging recreation for conservation gains.
Anthony will be at the at the SHIFT Summit’s Marketplace on Friday, Oct. 14 at and will also will be at the at the SHIFT Summit’s Marketplace on Friday, Oct. 14 at 1:45 p.m., as well as speak at the panel ‘The Volunteers‘ Friday, October 14 at 3:30 PM.
Tickets for the 2016 SHIFT Festival can be found here.