Taos Pueblo provides firewood to tribal elders

War Chief staff member Mahtao Chisholm cutting spruce logs that will be split into fireplace sized pieces.

The winter months can often be hard on elders at Taos Pueblo, especially those who depend on firewood for heating and cooking. This year, Taos Pueblo War Chief Gary Lujan gathered his staff to embark on a project to provide several cords of firewood to tribal seniors. With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting contact with anyone from outside the tribal boundaries, per mandates from the Taos Pueblo Emergency Management Team, obtaining firewood normally from off-reservation sellers is projected to become difficult.

To address the need, beginning Oct. 1, the day after San Geronimo Feast Day, Lujan and his staff began using tribal resources as well as outside agencies to gather enough wood for household use to hopefully last the winter.  

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