Anthony Ciocco, known to most as ‘Chako,’ joined SCC Ancestral Lands in 2012 leading ecological restoration crews on the Navajo rez. Chako is Mvskoke and calls Oklahoma 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. Through his corps experience he has found a rare opportunity for Native young adults to share deep personal transformative experiences, reconnect with the wilderness, and work for the betterment of their communities both ecologically and culturally. In 2014 Chako received the Champion of Change Award from the Whitehouse. Outside of work he spends his time with his family, in his traditional community, doing permaculture at home, and hunting, fishing, and being in the wilderness.