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On September 16, the attached letter was sent to the Los Angeles Board of Water & Power Commissioners regarding the irrigation water situation here on the Big Pine Reservation. Tribal Council is continuing to pursue resolution of this problem.
Irrigation Crisis Letter

Why Two California Indian Tribes are Growing Their Own Food, and Why It Isn't Easy

Big Pine Paiute-Shoshone tribe member Joseph Miller shows me around his town’s garden. There are two hoop houses with herbs and fresh heads of lettuce just popping out of the ground. Tomatoes are in abundance, with so many hybrid varieties that it’s hard to keep track.

“What we’re working towards is being able to not only create a sustainable food source, but to create food security,” Miller says. “We want to give our people the right to know without being in the dark and wary about where their food is coming from, or how long it’s been on a truck.”