Southwest Indian Foundation Housing
I hope you are well, and April flowers and Spring sunshine are greeting you this fine day.
I would like to tell you a story of a place as remote as there is in the United States. There are no flowers here. In fact, water has to be hauled 15 miles to this area of the reservation. It is so remote that it is very difficult to find. Welcome to Bird Springs Chapter in Arizona. This part of the Southwest is a particularly dry desert. Occasionally in the Springtime like now, the winds start kicking up, and the sand blurs visibility. You can barely see the dirt road in front of you. Sometimes the gusts gale over 60 miles an hour. You might see a tumbleweed or two.
Why was I out here in such a seemingly lost and desolate place? As you probably know, the Southwest Indian Foundation is usually called in as a last resort by the Navajo tribe when things look hopeless. As I was trying to find my way, it dawned on me that breaking down out here would be dangerous.
The situation was an especially challenging one. There were 2 special needs families that were homeless in the Bird Springs area in northern Arizona -- over 150 miles from Gallup. We were being asked to undertake this project to aid families that had been promised help for many years (going back into the 1990s) but for a number of reasons, that help never came.