Hearing Native Voices: The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

Jewel Touchin, Senior Archaeologist

Western values and perspectives often drive the legislation and compliance laws that apply to cultural resource investigations. In projects like the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project, Logan Simpson strives to reclaim Native Americans’ points of view so traditional cultural values are considered.

The United States Congress passed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Title X Part III (Public Law 111-11), authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to construct, operate, and maintain the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project (NGWSP). The NGWSP will provide a reliable water source to indigenous communities and municipalities within the arid Southwest, bringing running water to many households for the first time.



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