Arizona’s water shortage could force the Hopi tribe to give up key ancient rituals

Author, Arizona Reporter for i24 News, provides an in-depth look at the dwindling riverwater resources surrounding the Hopi Reservation in southeastern Arizona, where a dramatic new drought is threatening their way of life. Hopi…

Arizona's water shortage could force the Hopi tribe to give up key ancient rituals

Author, Arizona Reporter for i24 News, provides an in-depth look at the dwindling riverwater resources surrounding the Hopi Reservation in southeastern Arizona, where a dramatic new drought is threatening their way of life.

Hopi Nation conservators have not written a check to farmers since 1995, and while that gives the Hopi two years to recover, the Arizona Department of Water Resources said this is the driest water year it has experienced in nine years. The state has increased its water releases to Hopi wells to protect vital water supplies, but the Hopi have not signed a contract yet.

Sometimes it’s a tiny drop that brings a community together, and Arizona Reporter describes one such moment in its latest dispatch from the southwestern corner of the state. The issue is the Hopi’s water supply, and the tribe feels like this drought has taken its toll.

A June rain is long overdue, as Hopi households spend most of their summer days tapping the river, knocking down drought-stripped trees on Hopi lands and washing dishes in the desert. But to satisfy every Hopi household and at least some traditional families, water flows through the river four days a week.

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