$8B settlement between First Nations, feds in clean water class action

Courts approve $8B settlement between First Nations, feds in clean water class action

Photo: Two class actions over lack of clean water in First Nations were filed in 2019 and then combined in 2020. Photo: APTN

The Federal Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba have jointly approved an $8-billion settlement in a national class-action lawsuit between Canada and First Nations and their members who’ve had to drink unclean water.

The deal, ratified on Dec. 22, will dish out at least


‘Everything is drying up’: As springs on Hopi land decline, a sacred connection is threatened

Max Taylor, a Hopi Tribe water resources technician, stands near Lemeva Spring on the Hopi Reservation on July 30, 2020. The Hopi say they have used this spring for over a thousand years. DAVID WALLACE/THE REPUBLIC

The Hopi see influence of climate change — and suspect a link to coal industry’s groundwater pumping.

MISHONGNOVI — At the base of a sandstone mesa, the ground descends in a series of stone


Why Fixing the Nation’s Water Crisis and Combating a Pandemic are Linked

Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic requires access to safe, clean water. While some Americans decry their "loss of freedom" by being told to wear a mask in public spaces, others don’t have the freedom to wash their hands with clean water.

Water is necessary for life. Up to 60 percent of the adult human body is water. Water regulates our body temperature and metabolizes and transports carbohydrates and protein in the


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


Stanford study: changing scope of Native American groundwater rights

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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