Inspire discovery, appreciation and conservation of culturally modified trees and places held sacred to Native Americans.


The Association for Native American Sacred Trees and Places encourages an awakening to and preservation of history and culture held sacred to Native Americans.


Advocacy of indigenous culture.


Integrity • Mindfulness • Unified Vision • Stewardship

Board of Directors

Dr. James Jefferson
Dr. James JeffersonPresident and Cofounder
Southern Ute elder. Ignacio, Colorado (Nuuchiu/Ute)
Janet Shown
Janet ShownVice President
Linda Davies
Linda DaviesSecretary
Mike Vitek
Mike VitekTreasurer
Marlene Brown
Marlene BrownMembership Chair
Jack Hedrick
Jack HedrickMember At Large
Tribal Affiliation is Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Educator, Two-Spirit, Storyteller, Chahtapreneur


John Anderson
John Anderson Co-founder
MBA, TEDx Speaker, Published Author. 30 years public safety experience, including eight years as Sheriff of El Paso County, Colorado and ten years corporate experience. Multiple-book author including: Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region and Native American Prayer Trees of Colorado.

Dr. James Jefferson
Dr. James JeffersonCo-founder and Southern Ute Elder
“As I look at it, we indigenous people have a different view about life that has been taken away from us by the government, that is lost by the majority of the Native American society. Only a few of us retain this different view, but we are not able to express to anyone. Everything is changing with time as we try to retain our original Sovereignty that was given to us by the Creator. No one person or Tribal group believes the same way as story tellers change the original version depending on where they live. Language, customs and traditions change from the original version as we get more modern.”
Janet Shown
Janet ShownCo-founder
MSW, Social Work, BS, Journalism. 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, training, event management and writing.

Advisory Council

Stephen A. Bain,
Stephen A. Bain, Advisor, Legal Counsel
Attorney | Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C.
Vickie Danielsen
Vickie DanielsenAdvisor, Web Administrator
Artist, Editor, Educator, Photographer
Cindy Goodburn
Cindy GoodburnAdvisor, Technical Coordination
Susie Petersen
Susie PetersenAdvisor
Lee Recca
Lee ReccaAdvisor
Writer, Gardener, Naturalist, Traveler, Native plant mentor, Teacher
Barry Trester
Barry TresterAdvisor