Fighting For Indigenous Clean Water Rights: Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai

Graphic by Annabel Driussi for ODP

Jamescita Peshlakai is currently serving her second term in the Arizona Senate as the state’s first Navajo woman senator. In Peshlakai’s district, which contains Navajo Nation, a lack of safe drinking water has long been a dire issue. It’s estimated that 40% or more of Navajo households are without running water and many remote Navajos are forced to drive as much as 50 miles to get clean water.

Peshlakai has been a tireless fighter for clean water for Indigenous communities and her voice has become all the more important as the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately ravaged the Navajo. The Navajo Nation has faced water shortages for generations, this doesn’t have to be the reality going forward and Senator Peshlakai is working diligently to ensure it’s not.

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