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The Great Rural Fighting to reclaim stolen land

‘Every community has its own Standing Rock’

A-dae Romero-Briones, a member of the Cochiti Pueblo, explains the connection of land and food, how her community lived through the creation of the faulty Cochiti Dam, and how the current pandemic has brought full-circle the necessity of living off the land.

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In 1910, rural African-American farm families held between 16 million and 19 million acres of farmland, but as of 2019, that number had spiraled to approximately 2.5 million. Source: PEW Trusts

Historically, Indigenous communities have lived through dispossession of land in the U.S., which has negatively impacted their food supply. A-dae Romero-Briones explains how her Pueblo survived the creation of a faulty dam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which destroyed prime agricultural land, and how they continue to approach the connection between food and land differently today.

Interview and editing by Mary Mathis
Video footage by Sanjay Rawal

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