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article Many Native Americans Can't Get Clean Water, Report (11/18/2019)
(Indian Country) -- For many people, turning on the tap or flushing the toilet is something we take for granted. But a report released Monday, called "Closing the...
article Rocky Boy could see water shortage from line break (11/15/2019)
(Montana) -- Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation posted on Facebook Thursday that the reservation’s water system was losing water at an alarming rate and the...
article Historically Left Out, Colorado River Tribes Call For More Sway In Western Water Talks (11/13/2019)
(Colorado) -- Earlier this year, Arizona -- one of seven southwestern states that rely on the Colorado River -- was in the midst of a heated discussion about water.
article NAC: Mounting pressure to remove dams (11/1/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Tribal leaders from the Yakama and Lummi nations called for the removal of several dams along the Columbia River in Washington State. The tribes are...
article Tribes call for removal of Bonneville, and other dams, along Columbia River (10/14/2019)
(Oregon) -- Two Washington tribes, the Yakama Nation and Lummi Nation, held a news conference Monday near The Dalles calling for the removal of three dams along the...
article VIDEO: Could this proposal finally bring an end to the First Nations drinking water issue? (10/9/2019)
(Canada) -- Two Indigenous groups in the Atlantic region, the Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik, are pitching a First Nations owned water authority to the federal government...
article Neskantaga First Nation evacuations continue as community awaits new water pump (9/16/2019)
(Ontario) -- More than 100 residents of Neskantaga First Nation in northwestern Ontario have been flown out of the community over health concerns brought on by last week...
article Being Frank: Tribes outraged by EPA move to roll back improved water quality standards (9/4/2019)
(Washington) -- Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington state are outraged that the Environmental Protection Agency is advancing the agenda of a small group of...
article Indigenous people need a say on water rights, U.N. rapporteur urges (8/30/2019)
(Worldwide) -- Indigenous peoples from the Amazon to the Arctic are being left out of the global conversation on water property rights, a United Nations' indigenous...
article Monacan tribe pushes against Fluvanna water project (8/14/2019)
(Virginia) -- Monacan Indian Nation members and their supporters spoke out Tuesday against a planned water project in Fluvanna County. Point of Fork, also known as...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Klamath Tribes

article Klamath Tribes agree with court's ruling (11/17/2019)
(Oregon) -- The Klamath Tribes are in agreement with the outcome of the ‘Takings’ case – a federal case involving water allocation in the Klamath...
article Tribes’ water rights at Klamath River upheld by federal circuit court (11/17/2019)
(Oregon) -- Native American tribal water rights are guaranteed by the federal government to the extent that endangered species, like salmon in the Klamath River, aren...
article Tribe Gives Personhood To Klamath River (9/30/2019)
(Oregon) -- A Native American tribe has granted personhood to a river in northern California making it the first known River in North America to have the same legal...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation Administration Completes Earthen Dam Repairs in the Former Bennett Freeze Area (11/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with community members and local officials on Friday, in the community of Tolani Lake, Ariz. to announce the recent...
article Two new dams near the Grand Canyon? Conservation groups call the plan 'unconscionable' (9/28/2019)
(Arizona) -- A Phoenix company wants to build two hydroelectric dams less than five miles from the eastern border of Grand Canyon National Park, submerging several miles...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Hoopa Tribe

article Federal Circuit honors 2001 court decision for Hoopa Valley Tribe water privilege (11/14/2019)
(California) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit supported the senior water rights of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and other tribes in an appeal by Baley v....
1 Article on this Issue

Colorado River Indian Tribes

article Historically Left Out, Colorado River Tribes Call For More Sway In Western Water Talks (11/12/2019)
(Arizona) -- Earlier this year, Arizona -- one of seven southwestern states that rely on the Colorado River -- was in the midst of a heated discussion about water....
article Central Arizona Project recognizes CRIT for fallow agreement (8/2/2019)
(Arizona) -- The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) was recognized by the Central Arizona Project (CAP) for signing the System Conservation Agreement with the State of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

CSKT

article Water Compact still waiting for Congressional approval (11/12/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The pending Water Compact between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), the state of Montana and the federal government is the result...
1 Article on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

article Warm Springs residents now able to drink clean water (11/1/2019)
(Oregon) -- Residents of Warm Springs Indian Reservation are able to drink tap water again without having to boil it first, following a one-week prohibition from...
article Warm Springs residents again told to boil drinking water (10/25/2019)
(Oregon) -- Residents of Warm Springs Indian Reservation have again been told they must boil water before using it due to loss of pressure in the agency water system,...
article Warm Springs water woes aren't over (9/3/2019)
(Oregon) -- Danny Martinez stood on a concrete slab just off a remote road on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation last week and described an unusual sight he witnessed...
article Warm Springs water woes aren’t over (8/27/2019)
(Oregon) -- Danny Martinez stood on a concrete slab just off a remote road on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation last week and described an unusual sight he witnessed...
article Warm Springs water woes aren’t over (8/26/2019)
(Oregon) -- Danny Martinez stood on a concrete slab just off a remote road on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation last week and described an unusual sight he witnessed...
article Boil Water Notice Lifted For Warm Springs After 3 Month-Long Crisis (8/15/2019)
(Oregon) -- After three months without safe drinking water, the Warm Springs Indian Reservation can once again drink the water from their taps. The boil water notice for...
article No Safe Drinking Water On Reservation Leaves Thousands Improvising (8/12/2019)
(Oregon) -- 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,...
article No Safe Drinking Water On Reservation Leaves Thousands Improvising (8/10/2019)
(Oregon) -- 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,...
article Our view | A tip of the hat, a kick in the pants (8/10/2019)
(Oregon) -- A kick in the pants to federal and state authorities in the aftermath of the water crisis on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon. The...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Shakopee Mdewakanton

article Water treatment plant a symbol of cooperation between Shakopee Sioux, Prior Lake (10/27/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Residents of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the city of Prior Lake are drinking the same water after opening a $22.5 million treatment plant...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article Trump canceled a federal study about the impacts of mining near the Boundary Waters. Rep. Betty McCollum is trying to bring it back (10/24/2019)
(Minnesota) -- After President Donald Trump took office in 2017, his administration ended a study that could have led to a 20-year ban on copper-nickel mining near the...
article OP/ED: Hands off, EPA: Leave Washington’s water-quality standards alone (10/3/2019)
(Washington) -- The water-quality protections that Washingtonians fought hard to win are now under attack by the Environmental Protection Agency. Washington’s...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Winnemem Wintu

article Court dismisses lawsuit against Crystal Geyser, county (10/11/2019)
(California) -- The court denied the petitioner’s challenge, which questioned the validity of the county’s Environmental Impact Report, according to the...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Canadian Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier addresses UN on clean water (9/28/2019)
(Canada) -- Canadian Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier, 15, addressed hundreds of international guests at UN headquarters in Manhattan on Saturday, where she...
article Pre-election goodies for First Nation bridges, clean water projects (9/10/2019)
(Ontario) -- Ahead of a federal election, Ottawa was rolling out funding and breaking ground on First Nation community infrastructure projects across Northern Ontario....
article Creation of new water utility for First Nations moves step closer (9/6/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- The creation of a new water utility for 15 Indigenous communities in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick is one step closer to reality....
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Jamestown S’Klallam

article Sequim to explore direct ownership of John Wayne Marina (9/25/2019)
(Washington) -- Sequim city leaders plan to take a more “direct” approach in their request for the city to take on ownership of the John Wayne Marina from...
1 Article on this Issue

Sheldon Adelson

article Las Vegas water use has dropped, but its affluent residents remain copious consumers (9/22/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Total and per-capita water use in Southern Nevada has declined over the last decade, even as the region’s population has increased by 14%. But water...
1 Article on this Issue

Shinnecock Tribe

article The tribe that brought a damaged shoreline back to life (9/21/2019)
(New York) -- On a sunny Monday afternoon in August, the Shinnecock Indian Reservation's beach in Long Island, New York, resembled one of the postcard-perfect...
1 Article on this Issue

Colorado Gaming

article Tax on sports betting would help fund water plan (9/19/2019)
(Colorado) -- The campaign to fund Colorado’s Water Plan with a $29 million tax on casinos’ sports-betting profits launched a pair of television ads Thursday...
1 Article on this Issue

Coeur d’Alene Tribe

article The Coeur d’Alene Tribe prevails in water rights appeal before Idaho Supreme Court (9/11/2019)
(Idaho) -- On Thursday September 5, 2019, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe prevailed in its claims for water rights before the Idaho Supreme Court in the Coeur d’...
article Court affirms ruling on tribal water rights on reservation (9/7/2019)
(Idaho) -- The Coeur d’Alene Tribe will not have a say on lake levels, nor will it have control of water outside the reservation boundaries according to an Idaho...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article Tribe seeks water adjudication (9/10/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Colville Confederated Tribes has asked the state to start a general stream adjudication of the Columbia and Okanogan rivers to determine tribal water...
article Colville Tribes Takes Action to Protect Water Rights (9/3/2019)
(Washington) -- The Chairman of the Colville Business Council said today that the Colville Tribes has been carefully considering available options to protect its water...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mohegan Tribe

article Norwich Public Utilities approves water contract extension with Mohegan Tribe (8/27/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Norwich Public Utilities will continue to supply 450,000 gallons of water per day to the Mohegan Tribe for the next 10 years under a contract extension...
1 Article on this Issue

San Carlos Apache

article Opinion: A water solution can be had if the tribe comes to the table (8/24/2019)
(Arizona) -- Water is the basic building block of all life in the Gila Valley and southeastern Arizona. But the water we need is at risk. Attorneys for the San Carlos...
1 Article on this Issue

Meskwaki Tribe

article Meskwaki Tribe is the first in four-state area to gain status for own water quality standards (8/22/2019)
(Iowa) -- "Treatment as a State" (TAS) has been achieved by the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa - Meskwakis - with documents signed by Tribal...
article Meskwaki Nation Near Des Moines, Iowa, is First Tribe in Region to Achieve EPA Approval to Develop Water Quality Standards (8/16/2019)
(Iowa) -- Tribal leaders of the Meskwaki Nation joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 officials in a signing ceremony on Thursday as the tribe...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Agua Caliente

article Judge won't reconsider ruling in Agua Caliente tribe's water case (8/19/2019)
(California) -- A U.S. District Court judge has denied a motion from the federal government to reconsider a ruling on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians'...
1 Article on this Issue

Trinidad Rancheria

article Coastal Commission: If Trinidad Rancheria Can Find Water, it Can Build its Hotel (8/10/2019)
(California) -- The California Coastal Commission went against the recommendation of its staff Thursday and gave the Trinidad Rancheria the go-ahead — or a “...
1 Article on this Issue

Tejon Tribe

article Hard Rock casino could ease county's water worries, officials say (8/5/2019)
(California) -- As the Tejon Tribe casino makes its way through the regulatory process, concerns have been raised over the impact the complex will have on the county...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again (11/17/2019)
(Washington) -- Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted...
article Is there lead in your tap water? Canada-wide investigation exposes dangerous levels of toxic metal (11/5/2019)
(Ontario) -- Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are consuming tap water laced with high levels of lead leaching from aging and deteriorating infrastructure.
article Border Wall Rising In Arizona, Raises Concerns Among Conservationists, Native Tribes (10/13/2019)
(Arizona) -- Construction has begun on President Trump's border wall between Arizona and Mexico, and conservationists are furious. The massive barrier will skirt one...
article 'We have to do things in a different way' (10/13/2019)
(Iceland) -- Indigenous knowledge and governance is essential because it's where more than a third of the earth and over 80 percent of the planet’s...
article Federal grant will aid Sitka Tribe toxin research (10/13/2019)
(Alaska) -- A dozen new research projects to better understand and predict harmful algal blooms and improve response to them are being funded through the National...
article Reeds, hands and old ways come together to make Ohlone boat to paddle to Alcatraz (10/13/2019)
(California) -- In a Fremont backyard, time is running out for 5,000 plants that have a story to tell. The story goes back centuries. The Ohlone people of Northern...
article Misery at the Oasis: 1,900 trailer park residents contend with arsenic in water, patchwork of laws (10/10/2019)
(California) -- Life at the Oasis Mobile Home Park on Torres Martinez tribal land in Southern California is a hardscrabble existence. Residents liken it to a slum...
article Lisbon's tap water voted best-tasting in North Dakota (10/10/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Lisbon has the best-tasting tap water in North Dakota this year, beating out eight competitors in Bismarck on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Mayville and Fort...
article 15,000 Atlantic salmon will be put into the Penobscot River over the next three years (10/5/2019)
(Maine) -- As many as 15,000 adult Atlantic salmon will be put into the Penobscot River over the next three years, most of them after being raised in penstocks off the...
article Oneida under precautionary boil water advisory (10/1/2019)
(Ontario) -- Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation is under a boil water advisory that its chief believes should have been issued more than a decade ago.
article OP/ED: A tip of the hat, a kick in the pants (9/28/2019)
(Oregon) -- A tip of the hat to the many sponsors of a project in Athena to replace an old bridge over Wildhorse Creek that will allow salmon and lamprey to swim inside...
article Rendezvous for the rivers (9/22/2019)
(Idaho) -- A colorful fleet of canoes and rafts floated along the Snake River on Saturday morning in support of restoring wild salmon, honoring tribal treaty rights,...
article Water flowing again on Neskantaga First Nation but chief awaiting all-clear (9/19/2019)
(Ontario) -- Officials in Neskantaga First Nation say their water issue appears to be fixed. Last week, more than 200 members of the Ontario community were sent to...
article Parties renegotiate costs of New Mexico water system (9/18/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Federal managers, Native American tribes and others have renegotiated the costs of a drinking water system that will serve communities in northern New...
article UN expert calls on governments to work with First Nations on water management (9/18/2019)
(Manitoba) -- A United Nations expert is calling on government officials to partner with First Nations leadership and Indigenous knowledge keepers to help manage water...
article New contractor working to complete Neskantaga water treatment plant (9/17/2019)
(Ontario) -- The chief of Neskantaga First Nation says a new contractor has been secured and is completing work on a long-anticipated water treatment plant for the...
article Samish tribe helping to study local kelp forests (9/15/2019)
(Washington) -- From the water’s surface, bull kelp looks like strands of other-worldly hair swaying in the water. From below, it looks like a palm tree — or...
article Walla Walla Water Watcher (9/15/2019)
(Oregon) -- Facts and tips on water usage and conservation are presented weekly by the city of Walla Walla, in partnership with Walla Walla Community College and the...
article Carry the Kettle man selected for Water Leadership Award (9/12/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- A First Nations veteran and former water operator from Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation is being recognized for his work in ensuring the community has...
article New plan targets salmon-eating sea lions in Columbia River (8/31/2019)
(Oregon) -- More than 1,100 sea lions could be killed annually along a stretch of the Columbia River on the Oregon-Washington border to boost faltering populations of...

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