Earth Inc.: Indians Vs. Miners

The Hopi and the Navajo take on the country's largest coal miner over scarce and sacred water

Old Oraibi, which dates its origins to about 1150, is considered the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the U.S., and when you visit the haunting mesas that surround it, you quickly see why people would gather at this spot. It's got water. Or rather it had water. The ancient wells are drying up.

The Hopi Indians have hung eagle prayer feathers in threatened wells and springs across their sprawling reservation in northeastern Arizona in hope that the water will return and that the drought of recent years will break. But many believe a shortage of rain is only part of the...

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