Dana Eldridge

Dana Eldridge

Yá’át’ééh! I am a Diné farmer and rancher from the Navajo Nation and I am of the Tsenjíkiní (Honeycomb Rock People) Clan. I come from a long line of ancestral farmers, ranchers, and weavers, and I am working to revitalize Indigenous land-based lifeways to provide viable solutions to the severe economic and climate challenges we are facing on the Navajo Nation. Like many on the Navajo Nation, I lack access to running water and electricity and farm in a community that has been heavily impacted by energy extraction. With the support of this grant, I am restoring my family’s spring/summer sheep camp with the instillation rainwater catchment system. My goal is to restart rotational grazing and other traditional land management practices to revitalize the watershed and to demonstrate rainwater catchment for other Diné farmers and ranchers who lack access to water.

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