'They're finally listening': Indigenous peoples play major role in new climate report

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  • Dry wells, increasingly hot summers and freezing winter taking toll on Indigenous communities.
  • Indigenous climate experts contributed concerns to United Nations 2022 climate report.

Nikki Cooley’s family were forced to sell off most of the livestock they depended on for both food and income as springs dried up and wells went dry in the heart of the Navajo Nation.

“My parents have to haul water driving 30 miles in each direction,” said Cooley, a Dinè and Navajo Nation citizen. “Instead of having 50 to 100 head of sheep, now we have maybe 10 to 12.”

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