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Dr. John Welch (top left) has worked with the White Mountain Apache Tribe for more than 25 years, serving as the Tribe’s Historic Preservation Officer from 1992 to 2005. Welch’s current collaborations center on cultural heritage issues at the interface of sovereignty and stewardship — the practical and political decisions and dynamics that determine what is to be carried forward into the future. An Oak Creek woman (bottom left) walks away from the Rodeo-Chediski Fire of 2002. Until last year’s Wallow Fire, the Rodeo-Chediski Fire was the largest in the state’s history. A traditional White Mountain Apache Summer Camp (above) was put in place along the creeks while raising crops.

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