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Dakota Access Pipeline

article The Federal Government Wants To Imprison These Six Water Protectors (5/22/2017)
(North Dakota) -- In February, a federal grand jury issued indictments of four Standing Rock water protectors on charges of Federal Civil Disorder and Use of Fire to...
article Native American Water Protectors Begin European Tour in Paris (5/22/2017)
(France) -- From May 20 till June 14, some activist of the Standing Rock's Movement will come to Europe for a solidarity tour called, "Standing Up with Standing...
article Why is water sacred to Native Americans? (3/21/2017)
(USA) -- The Lakota phrase “Mní wičhóni,” or “Water is life,” has become a new national protest anthem. It was chanted by 5,000 marchers at the...
article Activists complete 8 day, 90 mile prayer walk for clean water (3/12/2017)
(North Dakota) -- The walk was organized by Jun-san Yasuda, an international activist and founder of the Grafton Peace Pagoda of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order....
article American Psychological Association Weighs in on Trump’s Memorandum on DAPL (1/28/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Longtime activist Winona LaDuke says the actions to ignore the wishes of water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota seek to dehumanize American...
article Texas Water Protectors Challenge ETP CEO Kelcy Warren on His Home Turf (1/28/2017)
(Texas) -- The “pipeline cowboy,” as Bloomberg News describes Energy Transfer Partners’ CEO Kelcy Warren, should be looking for other work, said more...
article Standing Rock tribe officially asks protesters to clear out (1/21/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A Sioux tribal council on Saturday formally asked hundreds of protesters to clear out of three camps near its North Dakota reservation used to stage...
article New North Dakota governor expects controversial pipeline to be built (1/14/2017)
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, who took office last month in the height of tensions surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, said he believed the...
article Oklahomans travel to Standing Rock to join protest (1/8/2017)
(North Dakota) -- News of the Christmas Day blizzard that would engulf the camp of about 1,000 protesters in less than 12 hours had many on the Standing Rock Sioux...
article #NODAPL Camp Leadership Addresses Concerns (12/11/2016)
(North Dakota) -- In an effort to address widespread rumors and misconceptions about #NODAPL encampments near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Last Real Indians led...
article Oil and Water (12/11/2016)
(North Dakota) -- In what has been described as one of the largest gatherings of tribal representatives in history, thousands of supporters, over the last several months...
article The Army Halted The Dakota Access Pipeline, But No One Is Sure What That Means (12/11/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux rejoiced when the Army announced it would not allow construction of the final piece of the Dakota Access pipeline...
article A Show of Support for Standing Rock Protestors (12/10/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Thousands of U.S. military veterans and first responders are arriving in Lakota Treaty territory to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Oceti...
article Contrary To Claims, Standing Rock Tribal Elder Opposed DAPL In 2014: ‘I Will Never Submit To Any Pipeline’ (12/10/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Contrary to false statements abounding on social media, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe asserted their opposition to the Dakota Access...
article Eastern Iowans return after protesting at Standing Rock (12/10/2016)
(Iowa) -- Despite the harsh weather, protesters have spent the last few days celebrating. Last Sunday, the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers announced it wouldn't allow a...
article For U.S. Veterans, Pipeline Protest Promises to Galvanize Activism (12/10/2016)
(North Dakota) -- U.S. veterans, thousands of whom last week helped stop a contested oil pipeline running through North Dakota, could become important partners of...
article How Standing Rock Has Changed Us (12/10/2016)
(North Dakota) -- At the Oceti Sakowin camp there were celebrations into the night when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision was announced. Fireworks lit up...
17 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation reservation in need of running water (5/20/2017)
(Arizona) -- On the outskirts of Monument Valley, touching the Arizona-Utah border, a water well is encased in a brick building behind a barb-wired fence. A few cattle...
article Navajo Indian Irrigation Project has hopes for completion (4/25/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Indian Irrigation Project (NIIP) is a system of canals that delivers water to the farm from Navajo Dam.
article On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn't Stink (4/13/2017)
(Arizona) -- On the Navajo Nation, kids with the most severe developmental disabilities attend a school called Saint Michael's Association for Special Education.
article Special needs school raises money for clean water (3/25/2017)
(Arizona) -- The students at a special-education school on the Navajo Reservation have grown accustomed to two things: watching a dark, smelly liquid emerge from the...
article Navajo Student Finds Some Bottled Water Unhealthily Acidic (2/26/2017)
(Utah) -- Gregory Hurley’s study shows that snow and at least 14 kinds of bottled water are no safer than tap water. Hurley, 13, an eighth grader at Naatsis’...
article Water pipeline for remote Navajo towns moves ahead (12/12/2016)
(New Mexico) -- A $1.13 billion construction project to provide treated water to remote areas of the Navajo Nation, Jicarilla-Apache Nation, and city of Gallup continues...
article Donors Dug Deep: 19 Navajo Families to Get Running Water & Solar Power (12/11/2016)
(Arizona) -- Nineteen Diné families will get running water after a non-profit organization generated around $40,000 from 350 national donations in a single day.DigDeep,...
article Navajo Nation to improve sewage treatment after violations (12/11/2016)
(Arizona) -- Six sewage treatment plants in Arizona portions of the Navajo Nation have been violating federal standards by discharging wastewater that exceeded pollutant...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Washington Gaming

article Northern Quest working to independently test water quality (5/17/2017)
(Washington) -- The Northern Quest Resort and Casino is working to independently test the water quality after news broke Tuesday of water contamination in Airway Heights.
article Water Crisis: Northern Quest Resort and Casino (5/17/2017)
(Washington) -- The City of Airway Heights notified the Kalispel Tribe Tuesday afternoon that out of an abundance of caution, Airway Heights water customers have been...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Claims, counterclaims fly before uranium mining hearings (5/7/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Opponents of a proposed uranium mine near Edgemont claimed prior to this week’s public hearings on the project that waste fluid from other mines...
article Landowners near Eagle Pass coal mine had water shut down from wind-blown dust (2/26/2017)
(Texas) -- Some residents living near a controversial coal mine outside of Eagle Pass had canal water services shut down for six days after a windy Valentine’s Day...
article VIDEO: EPA says it can't pay damages from mine spill (1/14/2017)
(Colorado) -- The Environmental Protection Agency won't repay claims totaling over $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally...
article Sacred Water: Michigan mine gains two state permits; tribe vows to continue fight (1/7/2017)
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week approved a general mining permit and an air use permit for the Back Forty mine in the western...
article 'We need to protect' Lake Winnipegosis islands from mining, chief says (12/17/2016)
(Manitoba) -- A network of islands at the north end of Lake Winnipegosis could be vulnerable to mining if the province doesn't do more to protect the land, a local...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Tulalip Tribe

article Tribes celebrate new pipeline (5/2/2017)
(Washington) -- The Tulalip Tribes celebrated on April 28 the completion of a new pipeline from Everett that will serve the Tribes' water needs for possibly the next...
article Trust on tap: Tulalips, Everett dedicate Tribes’ ‘Big Water’ pipeline project (5/2/2017)
(Washington) -- Former Tulalip Chairman Herman Williams Jr. still remembers the day in 2003 when he noticed the tides turn in negotiations between the tribal and city of...
article Tulalips to celebrate $64 million water pipeline project (4/24/2017)
(Washington) -- A “Big Water Celebration” is scheduled Friday to honor completion of the $64 million Tulalip Water Pipeline Project. The pipeline from...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Timbisha Shoshone

article Drilling wells? Selling water? Tribe says ‘no’ (4/18/2017)
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone tribe has no intention of drilling a well on their local property, let alone selling water from such a well. That was the word from...
1 Article on this Issue

Kickapoo Tribe

article City declines water support to Kickapoo Tribe (4/6/2017)
(Missouri) -- The Hiawatha City Commission declined to sign a letter of support for the Kickapoo Tribe’s efforts to build a reservoir on the reservation. It was...
1 Article on this Issue

Gila River

article OP/ED: Phoenix is doing what the West needs to do for water (4/1/2017)
(Arizona) -- Securing reliable water supplies is a Western problem, and Arizona is in the middle of that existential challenge. States that rely on Colorado River water...
article Gila River Indian Community agrees to water-storage deal with Phoenix that will restore flow to Gila River (3/21/2017)
(Arizona) -- The rush of water was louder than he remembered, so Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis stepped away from the canal, toward the group that...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump & Tribes

article EPA funds for Native water projects could disappear under Trump administration (3/3/2017)
(Alaska) -- The White House wants to eliminate Environmental Protection Agency funds for water projects in Alaska Native villages, according to an article in the...
1 Article on this Issue

Rincon Tribe

article Rincon moves to protect reservation water (2/26/2017)
(California) -- The Rincon tribe has taken a major step to protect water quality on the reservation and downstream, earning approval by the Environmental Protection...
1 Article on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article Native Sun News Today: Pine Ridge Reservation residents worried about water (2/24/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Pine Ridge residents find themselves increasingly worried about being without water. With winter settling in and wreaking havoc on water pipes, streets...
1 Article on this Issue

Water Issues

article Southern Ute tribe seeks to manage reservation water quality (1/29/2017)
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency to manage its own water quality standards program, which holds unknowns...
1 Article on this Issue

Shakopee Mdewakanton

article Prior Lake, tribe near agreement on joint water treatment facility (1/26/2017)
(Minnesota) -- Prior Lake City Council members this week discussed details of a joint water treatment facility agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community....
1 Article on this Issue

Pechanga Tribe

article Small water systems now must get state approval (1/21/2017)
(California) -- Another round may begin in the effort to bring small water systems to developments in the Anza Valley with new state water regulations requiring the...
press release Congress approves Pechanga water settlement (12/25/2016)
(California) -- The United States Congress this past weekend approved the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Water Rights Settlement Act.
article Decades of water rights litigation put to rest (12/20/2016)
(California) -- A North County water rights dispute that had been stuck in federal court for decades was officially put to rest last week, along with part of an even...
press release Congress Approves Pechanga Water Settlement (12/13/2016)
(California) -- The United States Congress this past weekend approved the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Water Rights Settlement Act.  Authored by Senator Barbara...
article Congress OKs Pechanga water rights settlement (12/12/2016)
(California) -- At long last, there is water rights peace in the Temecula Valley. Congress has approved a settlement agreement with the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

St. Regis Mohawk

article Mohawks Become First Tribe to Take Down a Federal Dam (12/11/2016)
(New York) -- A century after the first commercial dam was built on the St. Regis River, blocking the spawning runs of salmon and sturgeon, the stream once central to...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Federal government will fund new water project for Enoch Cree Nation (5/25/2017)
(Edmonton) -- Residents of the Enoch Cree Nation are one step closer to getting fresh water. The federal government on Wednesday announced a $12.5-million project to...
article Enoch Cree Nation to be connected to city water system (5/24/2017)
(Edmonton) -- The Enoch Cree Nation's Stony Plain reserve has been without safe drinking water in recent years. The community outgrew its well-water system and has...
article Treaty tribes celebrate after court refuses to rehear salmon dispute (5/22/2017)
(Washington) -- Treaty tribes are celebrating after a federal appeals court refused to reheard a dispute over salmon crossings in Washington state. Last June, the 9th...
article Blackfeet leaders reopen 4 lakes to motorized boats (5/22/2017)
(Montana) -- Blackfeet tribal leaders have reopened some reservation waters to motorized boats after approving new regulations in response to the threat of aquatic...
article Northern Quest Resort And Casino turns to bottled water (5/20/2017)
(Washington) -- In eastern Washington, the Kalispel Tribe Of Indians is reportedly using bottled water at its Northern Quest Resort And Casino after the local...
article Residents in Airway Heights feeling water constraints after chemical contamination from Fairchild Air Force Base (5/18/2017)
(Washington) -- The thought on everyone’s mind behind the Yoke’s grocery store in Airway Heights Wednesday morning was, “Where’s the water?”
article Tribes call for agreement termination (5/18/2017)
(Oregon) -- After mediation failed to find a solution to sustain the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA), Klamath Tribes and Upper Basin irrigators...
article Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa to Host “Line 5 Water Protectors Symposium” Friday (5/18/2017)
(Michigan) -- The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will be hosting a ‘Line 5 Water Protectors Symposium’ on May 19th at the Leelanau Sands Casino in...
article First Nations paddle to Mothers’ Day water ceremony at pipeline terminal (5/14/2017)
(British Columbia) -- A flotilla of nearly 100 people in ocean-going canoes and kayaks took to the waters of the Salish Sea on Sunday afternoon, paddling across the...
article Maine Tribes Slam EPA's Bid To Stay Water Quality Suit (5/12/2017)
(Maine) -- Two tribes in Maine urged a federal judge to reject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's bid for a 90-day stay in the state’s suit challenging...
article Kootenai Tribe hosting sturgeon release (5/7/2017)
(Idaho) -- The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho invites the public to assist its staff with releasing young sturgeon at the Search and Rescue county boat ramp on Friday, May 12....
article Outrigger canoe sails Dakota waters for native rights (5/7/2017)
(Minnesota) -- Far across the ocean, on Turtle Island, the indigenous name given to what is commonly known as North America, native seafaring traditions foster...
article Westbank First Nation is placing a Boil Water Notice on the IR#9 Water Distribution network (5/6/2017)
(British Columbia) -- Westbank First Nation IR 9 water users are notified that Westbank First Nation is placing a Boil Water Notice for all users and consumers on the IR...
article In last-minute move, legislators remove money to implement tribal water compacts (5/4/2017)
(Montana) -- It seemed simple enough: Cut $200,000 from the annual budget for a team of water compact negotiators who had completed their job and sent the deal to...
article Video uses animation, storytelling to chronicle Yellow Quill First Nation's water struggles (4/28/2017)
(Saskatoon) -- Animation might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to serious academic research. But researchers from the University of Saskatchewan have...
article Ak-Chin Indian Community Files Suit Over Water Rights (4/27/2017)
(Arizona) -- The Ak-Chin Indian Community is seeking a federal ruling to ensure that water keeps flowing to its reservation 40 miles south of Phoenix.
article Blackfeet Tribal Members Approve Water Compact (4/26/2017)
(Montana) -- Members of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe have voted overwhelmingly to approve a water compact that quantifies the tribe's water rights and confirms its...
article Blackfeet win back water rights, but the work has just begun (4/26/2017)
(Montana) -- After 38 years of hard-fought negotiations, the Blackfeet people can finally look with satisfaction upon passage of a comprehensive and binding agreement...
article Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement (4/21/2017)
(Montana) -- After decades of work, a water rights settlement for the Blackfeet Nation has finally been approved at the tribal, state and federal levels.
article Blackfeet Nation Votes to Approve Water Agreement with Montana and United States (4/21/2017)
(Montana) -- A majority of Blackfeet Nation voters Thursday approved a water rights agreement with Montana and the United States. An unofficial count had 75 percent of...

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