Mexico and the United States are working toward a broad package deal that would help revive the Colorado River Delta.
Seven years ago, the U.S. began working on the project to line an earthen portion of the All-American Canal in Imperial Valley and send the saved water to San Diego. Many in Mexico and the U.S. opposed the lining, saying it prevented seeping water from reaching fields and wetlands in Mexico. The lining project was completed in 2010.
Only one veteran Navajo code talker remains of the original 29 Navajo Marines who used their native language to devise an unbreakable code during World War II.
Growing up in New Mexico, Chester Nez and many of his fellow Navajo were punished for speaking their language. In the 1920s, Nez attended one of many government run boarding schools that attempted to erase Indian culture and language.
Flagstaff, AZ – Over the last decade forests in the Southwest have seen more catastrophic fires, like the one burning right now in Eastern Arizona. Scientists say it's a result of unhealthy forests. A new effort aims to restore the landscape. And if it works in Arizona, it could be used on the 180 million acres of ponderosa pine forests across the west.
Ganado, AZ – The new2010 census shows a steady growth in the Native American population over the past ten years across the southwest. But the country's largest Indian reservation, the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region, actually saw its population shrink by 3 percent. In the final installment of our Fronteras series Sensing Change, Daniel Kraker (PR: CROCKER) visited the small reservation town of Ganado, Arizona, to find out where the people are going.
SFX1: bring up sound of bustling hallway at Ganado High School under track
Phoenix, AZ – This scene is a familiar one all across the region: A room full of high school students newly arrived in the US face a screen with pictures of clip art - apples and books, fans and fish - flashing in front of them.
"Hey what letter for apple? A! Computer: That's right."
Flagstaff, AZ – The run begins at the south rim, dips all the way down to the Colorado River climbs up to the north rim and then back again. It covers 42 miles and ascends roughly 11-thousand feet. Runners must brace themselves for the drastic temperature changes from the rim to the bottom. Nowhere else in the world can you run from the alpine environment to the desert in such a short amount of time.
Phoenix, AZ – A few weeks ago Kevin Earle was working quietly in his office at the Arizona Dental Association when a message arrived in his inbox that he found both startling and upsetting. The message was from another dentist, also upset - and all over one line in a document he'd attached, 82 pages long, detailing the health insurance plan for a consortium of school teachers and other public employees in Yuma.
Phoenix, AZ – The first time Mike Negle walked across the US-Mexico border, to Los Algodones - near Yuma, Arizona - he was immediately surrounded by salesmen who swore to him that they had the best price, the best deal, the best offer. They reminded Negle of hawkers who sold tomatoes or knock-off designer sunglasses. But these men weren't selling tomatoes or sunglasses. They were selling root canals.