"We SOMETIMES TAKE SNOW AND MELT IT ON THE STOVE"
Lindsey Johnson didn’t always live a life in water poverty. Shortly after she was born on the Navajo Reservation in the 1930s, Lindsey was fostered by a missionary family in Idaho. While living with her foster parents, she attended high school and picked up new friends and new hobbies.
In her late 20s, Lindsey returned to the Reservation to care for her dying mother.
Moving back into a house without water and electricity shifted Lindsey's priorities dramatically, and she became responsible for ensuring her family's basic survival. Lindsey hauled water from a local livestock pond, but was so scared of the animals that she often trekked the longer distance to a distant neighbor's tap.
Today, Lindsey lives with her daughter, son-in-law, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren in a two-bedroom trailer. Due to old age and extreme weather, she is no longer able to haul water for herself. Lindsey depends on Darlene for her monthly supply of water. But because the service well is so far from her home, Lindsey and her grandchildren are lucky to get 7 gallons of water each a day.
Healthcare workers have urged Lindsey to move from her home and seek treatment in Gallup or Albuquerque. Lindsey refuses to move from the Reservation because, as she explains to us, she is a proud Navajo American woman who insists on remaining close to her roots. She still practices traditional beading, attends tribal ceremonies wearing a Pendleton blanket, and speaks Diné.
Lindsey's personality is ever-warm with a strong will to thrive and an even stronger connection to her history.
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