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Default Climate change, drought transforming Navajo’s dunescape to a dust bowl

Climate change, drought transforming Navajo’s dunescape to a dust bowl
By Terri Hansen, Today correspondent
Story Published: Dec 1, 2009
Story Updated: Nov 27, 2009

Climate change, drought transforming Navajo?s dunescape to a dust bowl | Indian Country Today | National & World News
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In the 1930s such dust storms, fueled by poor farming practices, laid waste to farming and grazing lands. Woody Guthrie called it the “Dust Bowl Blues.” With climate change the Sei Nahogishii are again becoming common in northeastern Arizona’s Navajo country, with similar results.
The Navajo have long had a close relationship with the dunes – the land’s resources and its sacred places define their lives. The disruptions wrought by a warming climate are forcing abrupt cultural changes on a people with...
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