Climate change is having a devastating effect on Tribal agriculture in the American Southwest. The Hopi Tribe uses corn as both a dietary and cultural staple, using it in everything from nutrition to birthing ceremonies. The Hopi rely on summer monsoons to nourish their crops but last year exceptionally poor rainfall devastated crop yields.

According to AZ Central , a dry spell so severe that scientists rank it among the biggest megadroughts of the past 1,200 years has  ravaged the American West. Researchers have found that unlike the long droughts of centuries ago, this one has been significantly worsened by rising temperatures caused by climate change. In 2020, the average temperature in Winslow from June through August was the second hottest in 111 years, following the record-hot summer of 2018. The average high temperature during those three months was by far the hottest in history.

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