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Dear Friends and Family, 

I have an update and photos to share with you of the group’s recent travels. Despite being in more “frontcountry” settings this past week they have still not had much service in the vast southwest. We hope to share stories from the students soon. 

After emerging from Grand Gulch on the 26th the group met with the organization Friends of Cedar Mesa to understand more about the complicated debate surrounding public lands and Bears Ears National Monument. They later met with the Traditional Foods Director of Utah Diné Bikéyah to learn about food sovereignty and water on first nations lands. 

After visiting Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, AZ, the dam that collects the water that flows into it from the San Juan River, the group travelled to Cornville, AZ to meet with the organization Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. There they had workshops on sustainable food practices and the importance of sharing locally grown seeds. 

They then headed south to Yuma, AZ and the terminus of the Colorado’s long journey in the United States. Standing at the sparsely constructed border fence near the Morelos Dam and surrounded by hundreds of acres of massive agricultural fields and diversion canals, the group said goodbye to the Colorado as it’s drastically diminished flows dissipated across the border into Mexico. 

Yesterday the group headed to Tucson, AZ to meet with the Sonoran Institute and learn about projects they are involved in. Tomorrow they will head to their transference site outside of Prescott, AZ to celebrate the many miles they’ve traveled, lessons learned, and relationships forged. 

Best, 

Dave