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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Native American Group to Run Across Nevada in Water Protest

photo. Native American Group to Run Across Nevada in Water Protest

Many rural Nevada communities are opposed to the idea of pumping groundwater from outlying regions of the state to serve Las Vegas. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Members of Nevada’s Native American communities are planning to run nearly 300 miles next week to call for more sustainable water management in the state.

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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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More Than 140 First Nations Still Lack Access To Safe Drinking Water

Anishinabe artist and writer Jay Odjick took to Twitter Monday to call out the lack of clean drinking water on many First Nations in Canada. Odjick, a TV producer and comics creator, tweeted that his community hasn’t had clean drinking water for decades.

In My community, Kitigan Zibi – we have not had clean drinking water for over 30 years, as far as I know. — Jay Odjick (@JayOdjick) March

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How a purple school bus brings clean drinking water to Navajo Nation

photo: How a purple school bus brings clean drinking water to Navajo Nation

Photo: Mark Henle/azcentral.com

Video (see link below): Mark Sorensen, Star School co-founder, talks about an old school bus that was converted into a solar-powered water desalination system to purify well water for residents on the Navajo Nation.

Many in the Navajo Nation don’t have running water and the well water often isn’t safe to drink. Residents turn to bottled water, which can be expensive, while some see desalination as a

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