No Safe Drinking Water On Reservation Leaves Thousands Improvising

No Safe Drinking Water On Reservation Leaves Thousands Improvising

Photo: The emergency water distribution center on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation serves as many as 900 people a day. People without transportation carry what they can, organizers said.

The Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon has been without safe drinking water all summer, and some people have no running water at all. In May, a burst pipe led to a cascade of infrastructure failures. That leaves around 4,000 … [more…]

Stanford study: changing scope of Native American groundwater rights

Aerial photo: California's Coachella Valley

Local water agencies have pumped so much water from aquifers to supply homes, farmland and resorts in the Coachella Valley that the land is sinking. The Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, created in 1876, runs in a checkerboard pattern in the area of Palm Springs. (Image credit: Tim Roberts Photography / Shutterstock)

Stanford researchers map out groundwater at stake in the wake of a court decision that bolsters Native American rights

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Mayors, Anishinabek Nation Call for Stricter Rules in Great Lakes Withdrawals

Map: the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence waterway

Canadian and United States mayors from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Anishinabek Nation leadership have joined together to call for stricter rules for any new water withdrawals from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence.

They are asking the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Water Resources Council (Compact Council) and Regional Body to reconsider and defer the adoption of proposed changes to the procedures for reviewing requests … [more…]

Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific than Flint, But No One Cares Because they’re Native American

photo: Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific than Flint, But No One Cares Because they’re Native American

The news out of Flint, Michigan brought the issue of contaminated drinking water into sharp focus, as it was revealed that officials at every level—local, state and federal—knew about lead-poisoned water for months but did nothing to address the problem.

Under state-run systems like utilities and roads, poorer communities are the last to receive attention from government plagued by inefficiencies and corrupt politicians. Perhaps no group knows this better than … [more…]

Indigenous Services Provides Update on Water Advisories

photo: glass of drinking water. Indigenous Services Provides Update on Water Advisories

[Canada] The federal government has shared the latest results in its efforts to end all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on Indigenous reserve by March 2021.

For the month of August 2018, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, provided the following update as part of the department’s monthly report on long-term drinking water advisories:

  • A long-term drinking water advisory was added in Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, Ontario
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