The Association for Native American Sacred Trees and Places (NASTaP) was founded to inspire discovery, appreciation, and conservation of culturally modified trees and places held sacred to Native Americans. Our purpose embraces:
Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs)
Modified stones, stacked rocks, and rock art
Ceremonial landmarks and landscapes
Native American natural science
Stewardship of the earth, land, water, and sky
After many years of devotion and planning by founders John Anderson and Dr. James Jefferson, along with the many people they inspired, NASTaP was founded on December 27, 2017. It was incorporated on February 1, 2018 as a Colorado nonprofit serving an international audience, and was recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization on February 27, 2018. The organization is governed by an active Board of Directors with the guidance and collaboration of an Advisory Board. Membership is open to individuals, households, organizations, colleges and universities, governmental agencies, and other groups.
Board of Directors
Advisor and 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. Author of four books including: Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region and Native American Prayer Trees of Colorado.
Stephen A. Bain, Attorney
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C.
Background in Environmental and Cultural Studies. Degree in Evironmental Economics. Environmental consultant and avid artist and muralist. Enjoys the outdoors and connection with nature. Seeks to bring appreciation, preservation and reverence for historical and cultural indiginous artifacts and areas.
MSW, Social Work, BS, Journalism. 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, training, event management, and writing.
"Since I semi-retired from a career in the nonprofit and education sectors, I'm able to indulge my passion for finding and learning about Native American CMTs and sacred sites, and sharing that passion with others."
Kay Van Cleave
Retired Business owner 30+ years in International and Domestic Services.
"Having been raised close to a Native American Reservation, I have respect for their belief that Creator gave all things a Spirit and a purpose. For me, preserving Native history, sacred sites, and the CMT’s is a passion. Such historical treasures must not be forgotten, unrecognized, or destroyed. Preservation is key for future generations."