Canyon Country Consulting
Solving law and policy problems with creativity, integrity, and a sense of place
Canyon Country Consulting offers practical, creative, and informed decision-making support around the myriad of natural resource management issues facing the United States Southwest. Our expertise lies in the intersection of tribal sovereignty, public lands, and collaborative management, as well as western water policy. Through principal, Anne Mariah Tapp, Canyon Country Consulting supports tribal governments, foundations, and NGOs tackling these complex issues by ensuring that their strategies, campaigns, and projects are grounded in law, sound policy, smart communications, and the working reality on the ground. Representative services include coalition-building; designing and implementing program or project assessments; developing tribal environmental laws; database creation; strategic planning; and fundraising.
Canyon Country Consulting is grounded in the United States Southwest, but is available to support tribal governments, organizations, and foundations outside of this core geography who are seeking assistance related to collaborative management, traditional ecological knowledge, or tribal sovereignty issues. Past and present clients include The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, The Christensen Fund, The Colorado Plateau Foundation, The Commission for Environmental Cooperation, The Grand Canyon Trust, and The Yavapai-Apache Nation.
Anne Mariah Tapp, J.D., is the principal for Canyon Country Consulting, LLC. where she focuses on using her education in federal Indian law and environmental law to uplift Tribes and protect the Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau. Anne Mariah’s work is grounded in the belief that the path toward stewardship and restoring balance on the Colorado Plateau lies with the indigenous people who have called it home since time immemorial. Prior to launching Canyon Country Consulting, Anne Mariah worked at the Grand Canyon Trust as a staff attorney and as the Director of the Energy Program. Anne Mariah’s work is grounded in a love for the Colorado Plateau, and she feels very fortunate to have spent the last decade supporting Tribes, organizations and individuals working towards a sustainable future for this incredible region. Anne Mariah holds a B.A from the University of Texas at Austin (high honors) and a J.D from the University of Colorado where she focused on federal Indian law and Colorado River law. Outside of work, Anne Mariah spends her free time rock climbing all over the West and backpacking in the Grand Canyon.