Stephanie Keith

The Drying West: Navajo Water
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Nationality: USA
Biography: Stephanie Keith is a news photographer working primarily for the New York Times, Reuters, and Getty Images.  Her focus in breaking news is on the rise of White Nationalism and Trump-ism. Her focus in editorial feature is Native American... MORE
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The Drying West: Navajo Water
Copyright Stephanie Keith 2023
Updated Jan 2021
Topics Animals, Arizona, Climate Change, Documentary, Environment, Family, Native American, Navajo, Photography, Photojournalism, Poverty, Water
         Two decades into a severe drought on the Navajo reservation, the open range around Maybelle Sloan’s sheep farm stretches out in a brown expanse of earth and sagebrush.
         A dry wind blows dust across the high-desert plateau, smoke from wildfires in Arizona and California shrouding the nearby rim of the Grand Canyon.
         The summer monsoon rains have failed again, and stock ponds meant to collect rainwater for the hot summer months are dry.
         The Navajo Nation – covering a 27,000 square mile area straddling the U.S. states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah -- competes with growing cities including Phoenix and Los Angeles for its water supply.
             And as climate change dries out the U.S. West, that supply is becoming increasingly precarious.

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