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

Dr. Lani Tsinnajinnie (Diné), assistant professor of community and regional planning at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico

Sandra Warlie (Bishop Paiute Tribe), public works director for the Bishop Paiute Tribe

Brian Adkins, environmental director for the Bishop Paiute Tribe