In rain or snow, Route 5010 in New Mexico is impassable – and highlights the government’s shameful neglect of Native people

Sharon Begay knows this road by heart.

The 43-year-old mother of two has spent a lifetime memorizing the jagged surface and thuggish boulders that define Indian service route 5010. Locals just call it “the road” and gauge distances with landmarks: windmills, S-curves, a water tower covered with graffiti that once served as the town’s main source of gossip.

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