Drought forces some Native Americans to choose which tradition to save

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on how drought affects Native Americans and their communities. Part 1 looked at how drought can hit those communities harder.
SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO, N.M. — On a brisk winter morning last month, Everett Chavez climbed into the driver’s seat of a dust-covered SUV he calls “the Brown Bomber,” a vehicle that helped him maneuver the dirt roads of the agricultural lands of the Santo Domingo Pueblo, affording a closer look at the tribe’s new pipe-based irrigation system.
Chavez, whose official title is tribal affairs liaison, pointed to several fields being prepped for the start of the growing season, which now support crops from green chili to corn to alfalfa, all thanks to the new system. But things in this valley haven’t always been this fertile.

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(Photo: Carrie Jung)

Drought forces some Native Americans to choose which tradition to save

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on how drought affects Native Americans and their communities. Part 1 looked at how drought can hit those communities harder.

SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO, N.M. — On a brisk winter morning last month, Everett Chavez climbed into the driver’s seat of a dust-covered SUV he calls “the Brown Bomber,” a vehicle that helped him maneuver the dirt roads of the agricultural lands of the Santo Domingo Pueblo, affording a closer look at the tribe’s new pipe-based irrigation system.

Chavez, whose official title is tribal affairs liaison, pointed to several fields being prepped for the start of the growing season, which now support crops from green chili to corn to alfalfa, all thanks to the new system. But things in this valley haven’t always been this fertile.

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(Photo: Carrie Jung)

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