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Land of Little Rain

Land of Little Rain

When the first white settlers arrived in California's remote eastern Owens Valley, the name given to its indigenous tribes was Paiute - and their land was Payahuunadu or "land of flowing water" in the local language. But for more than a century, the water in the valley has flowed in just one direction: toward Los Angeles, nearly 300 miles (480 km) away.

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