What's the future of tribal lands? A panel conversation with KJZZ News

By KJZZ News
Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 12:02pm
Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2023 - 7:33pm

Coverage of tribal natural resources is supported in part by Catena Foundation


Gabriel Pietrorazio, KJZZ's tribal natural resources reporter, moderated a panel discussion on "Food, Water and the Future of Tribal Lands" on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Tempe.

Joining the panel was Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a Hopi farmer and expert on dry farming; Rafael Tapia, director of tribal community connections at the nonprofit Local First Arizona; and Bleu Adams, director of IndigeHub, which focuses on advancing food access on tribal lands.

The discussion was an engaging and informative conversation that provides a better understanding of how Arizona tribes are managing food, water and sustainability issues in the face of climate change. Specifically, what are the challenges unique to tribes?

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Rochelle Garcia invited KJZZ's Gabriel Pietrorazio, who covers Indigenous natural resources, into her home kitchen in San Tan Valley on Thursday, Aug. 24.
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KJZZ's Gabriel Pietrorazio interviews documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in September 2023 on his latest PBS project: "The American Buffalo."