Native American

President Trump's wall now stretches along 200 miles of U.S.-Mexico borderland. Progress hasn't slowed during the coronavirus pandemic; in some places it's even accelerating. But there's a tiny swath of tribal land on the Colorado River where that's not the case.

KSJD Local Newscast - April 14, 2020

Apr 14, 2020

Michel Marizco / KJZZ

The Border Patrol unfolded its public demonstration in February of the explosive force used to make way for a large border fence on the border road of a protected monument. 

For decades, coal has been at the center of Hopi life, literally. In the middle of each home is a coal-burning stove that keeps families warm through the winter.

"A lot of people relied on the coal to heat their homes and ceremonial chambers, the kivas," says Leigh Wayne Lomayestewa, who works in the tribe's cultural preservation office. "And now we're only relying on the cedar wood."

But he says cedar doesn't burn as long as coal.

"Usually at nighttime, you can put in about two or three times a night," Lomayestewa says.

KSJD Local Newscast - Jan. 6, 2020

Jan 6, 2020