Navajo Nation continues fight for water rights

Jorge Torres
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PAGE, AZ — JoAnne Yazzie-Pioche calls the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation near Page home.

She’s also the president of the chapter. Throughout the years, she’s seen many changes.

“I remember when there was hardly anything here in Page,” she says. “There was no Highway 98. It was all dirt roads.”

There’s even running water in some parts of LeChee that they get from Page and the Colorado River. Throughout much of the Navajo Nation, however, hauling water is still a way of life.

“There’s no running water south of here. They have to haul that water.”


Although the Navajo Nation is working on water infrastructure projects for its people, for the past 20 years, it’s gone through legal battles with the United States.
In 2003, the Navajo Nation filed a “breach of trust” claim against the Department of Interior in Arizona, basically saying the federal government hasn’t abided by a treaty signed more than 150 years ago to do an assessment of the reserved water rights held in…

Jorge Torres

2023-08-25 15:57:00 , "LeChee Arizona" – Vivrr Local

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