Native America Calling

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Friday, May 5, 2023 – Snowmelt, climate change spur flooding in Native communities

After decades of drought, the Navajo and Apache reservations in Arizona are now recovering from flooding that destroyed homes and property. Tribes in California endured record-breaking rains and are bracing for overflowing rivers from mountain snowmelt. California flooding also threatened sacred tribal burial grounds. Tribes are working with state and federal sources to both prepare for such natural disasters and also recover from the devastating damage in the wake of climate change.


Lisa Christensen (Washoe tribal member), Washoe Tribe Emergency Operations Center operations planning chief  

Dr. Crystal Tulley-Cordova (Diné), principal hydrologist for the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources


Break 1 music: Sweet Grass​/​Water Is Life (single song) Miracle Dolls (artist)

Break 2 music: The Beautiful Dance (song) Black Eagle (artist) Flying Free (album)