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article Opponents: Sen. Daines’ Flathead tribal water settlement should be withdrawn (1/15/2020)
(Montana) -- A proposed settlement of the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ water rights raises too many unanswered questions and should be withdrawn, its...
article Tribes' water compact foes cry foul at federal proposal (1/15/2020)
(Montana) -- State Sen. Al Olszewski pitched the possibility Wednesday of Montana’s withdrawing from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' water compact...
article Opinion: Sen. Daines’ water compact legislation fails to protect western Montana (1/8/2020)
(Montana) -- Less than one month ago, Sen. Steve Daines introduced Senate Bill 3019, The Montana Water Rights Protection Act, to the US Senate. In his attempt to fix the...
article Lake, Sanders commissioners balk at CSKT water compact provisions (12/29/2019)
(Montana) -- The Lake County Commissioners are doubling down on their opposition to a proposed bill that would ratify the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water...
article Bill Would Transfer Bison Range To Tribes, Settle CSKT Water Rights Claims (12/10/2019)
(Montana) -- A bill proposing to settle long disputed water rights claims between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government includes a...
article Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute (12/10/2019)
(Montana) -- An agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government over long-disputed water rights took a major step forward...
article Tester sees bipartisan support for Flathead Water settlement (12/8/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Jon Tester believes bipartisan support might be the difference to finally resolving the years-long debate over tribal water rights in the...
article Guest opinion: CSKT Compact protects Montanans' water rights (12/7/2019)
(Montana) -- My husband and I ranch near Lennep on land that has been owned by his family since 1877 when his great grandfather immigrated from Norway. Even though we...
article Flathead water dispute is already generating positive reaction (12/6/2019)
(Montana) -- The proposed settlement of the Flathead water dispute is generating action from the principal players who been working on the issue for years. Senator Jon...
article Water-rights bill to include $1.9 billion for Montana tribes (12/6/2019)
(Montana) -- Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said he plans to introduce legislation help to settle a long-awaited water rights deal with the Confederated Salish and...
article Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute (12/5/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- An agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government over long-disputed water rights took a major step...
article Daines to introduce sweeping legislation to settle CSKT's Flathead water claims (12/5/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Steve Daines says a newly-developed settlement would bring a permanent solution to the dispute over tribal water rights claims in Western...
article CSKT water compact gets support from Trump officials (12/3/2019)
(Montana) -- Two top Trump administration officials recently spoke in support of a proposed water rights compact between the state and an Indian tribe in northwestern...
article LETTER: Water compact nearing ratification (12/1/2019)
(Montana) -- On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Montana Association of Conservation Districts passed a resolution asking our congressional senators and representative for their...
article AG, Interior secretary back CSKT water compact (11/29/2019)
(Montana) -- Two members of President Trump’s Cabinet have voiced their support for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact, but Montana's...
article Guest opinion: Fight against CSKT Water Compact (11/26/2019)
(Montana) -- On Nov. 22, my cell phone exploded with requests to comment on the latest events involving the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact that...
article Trump Admin Officials Endorse CSKT Water Compact (11/25/2019)
(Montana) -- Two top officials in the Trump Administration offered support for one of the state’s final remaining tribal water agreements last week. The...
17 Total Articles on this Issue

Water Issues

article Water Compact legislation fails to protect Montana (1/12/2020)
(Montana) -- Less than one month ago, Senator Daines introduced Senate Bill 3019, The Montana Water Rights Protection Act, to the U.S. Senate. In his attempt to fix the...
article Arlee District Meeting focuses on the Water Rights Compact (1/10/2020)
(Montana) -- The first Arlee District meeting of the new year on Monday, hosted by Tribal Council Chairwoman Shelly Fyant, the second female chair of the Salish, Pend d...
article BABBITT: Lawmakers could stop Arizona's next water war. But will they? (1/5/2020)
(Arizona) -- Another water war is getting underway. This time we are not fighting California. It’s a family feud right here in Arizona. Urban versus rural. Phoenix...
article Interior Sec. skips climate change in Colorado River users speech (12/20/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Water wonks, state and tribal officials, attorneys and irrigation district representatives hit the floor at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel last week. Not to...
article It’s almost 2020, and 2 million Americans still don’t have running water, according to new report (12/11/2019)
(Arizona) -- On a good day, when the breeze is up and Apache County’s rutted red-clay roads are passable, Legena Wagner’s family drives 45 minutes to fill...
article Paiute Traditions Inform Water Management Practices in Once-Lush Owens Valley (11/26/2019)
(California) -- For at least 15,000 years, these Northern Paiute tribes have tended their homeland, more recently also known as the Owens Valley. The beloved region of...
article Running Ditches and Slowing Water: Paiute People Adapt Traditions to Modern-Day Gardens (11/26/2019)
(California) -- A constant battle over water, including a major leak in a pipe owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, inspired the Big Pine Paiute Tribe...
article Historically left out, Colorado River tribes call for more sway in Western water talks (11/22/2019)
(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...
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.
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Nez Perce Tribe

article Federal Judge Rejects Midas Gold’s Attempt to Delay Nez Perce Tribe’s Clean Water Act Lawsuit (1/10/2020)
(Idaho) -- Ioday, Judge Winmill denied defendant Midas Gold Corporation’s (“Midas Gold”) motion to stay the Nez Perce Tribe (“Tribe”)...
1 Article on this Issue

Keystone XL Pipeline

article Water permit hearing for Keystone XL extended into new year (12/22/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota board deciding whether to grant water permits for the Keystone XL pipeline will extend its hearing into the new year after opponents...
1 Article on this Issue

White Mountain Apache

article Extension of White Mountain Apache Tribe’s water rights settlement among priorities Sinema secures in end-of-year appropriations bills (12/20/2019)
(Arizona) -- Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today secured a number of Arizona priorities in the end-of-year appropriations bills that passed the Senate, including...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation, state, federal leaders celebrate water treatment plant completion (12/19/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation leaders joined local, state and federal representatives Wednesday to celebrate completion of the new Delaware County Water Treatment Plant...
1 Article on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

article OP/ED: Congress needs to ensure clean water for Warm Springs (12/17/2019)
(Oregon) -- If ever there were a moment for federal action, the problems with clean water on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation would seem to be it.
article Oregon Senators Introduce Tribal Water Quality Bill (12/14/2019)
(Oregon) -- U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced legislation this week to better fund water systems in tribal communities. The bill comes after thousands of...
article GODOWA-TUFTI: Water for Warm Springs (11/20/2019)
(Oregon) -- Water is life, Chúush iwa Waqishwit in the Sahaptin language commonly spoken in Warm Springs. A motto that many tribal people have adopted takes on new...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Yurok Tribe

article A long-running water-rights lawsuit over the Klamath River ends (12/8/2019)
(Washington) -- The Yurok Tribe of Washington state declared rights of personhood for the Klamath River last summer. The tribal council’s resolution means that if...
1 Article on this Issue

Miccosukee Tribe

article Miccosukee-led walk focuses on how plan to restore Everglades water flow threatens homes, way of life (12/7/2019)
(Florida) -- The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida hosted a prayer walk in Ochopee over the weekend to raise awareness of troubles the tribe and others face over...
1 Article on this Issue

Hopi Tribe

article Hopi commits to reducing arsenic in water at cultural center (12/1/2019)
(Arizona) -- Federal officials say the Hopi Tribe has failed to meet a deadline to reduce arsenic in drinking water at the tribe’s cultural center. The Hopi Tribe...
article Hopis penalized for safe drinking water violations (11/25/2019)
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the Hopi Tribe has violated the Safe Drinking Water Act and must pay a penalty. The act protects public...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Penobscot Tribe

article Maine water quality debate pits Penobscot Nation against paper industry (11/29/2019)
(Maine) -- State environmental officials last week heard arguments on a statute that would give Maine some of strictest standards for water quality in the country....
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Nevada toxic mine neighbors may stop getting bottled water (11/27/2019)
(Nevada) -- State environmental regulators plan to decide in January whether to cut off most bottled water deliveries to neighbors of an abandoned toxic mine in rural...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article Minnesota warns EPA against crippling the state’s authority (11/25/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota officials have warned a federal agency in a letter that a proposal to streamline water quality laws would cripple their authority to protect...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Concerned groups urge N.S. to reject mill’s plan to pump effluent into strait (11/20/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- The Northern Pulp mill's plan to pump treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait lacks information and minimizes the risk to fishing grounds...
1 Article on this Issue

Northern Arapaho

article Casper mayor to support proposal to dump oilfield wastewater into Boysen Resevoir (11/19/2019)
(Wyoming) -- Texas-based Aethon Energy is seeking a permit to dump 8.27 million gallons of oilfield wastewater per day into Badwater Creek which feeds Boysen Reservoir...
1 Article on this Issue

Klamath Tribes

article Federal court: Klamath Basin tribal water rights outrank farmers’ rights (11/18/2019)
(Oregon) -- A federal appeals court has found that the water rights of Klamath Basin tribes take priority over those of farmers who sued the federal government in 2001...
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...
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...
1 Article 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....
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article US water chief praises Colorado River deal, sees challenges (12/12/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- States in the U.S. West that have agreed to begin taking less water next month from the drought-stricken Colorado River got praise and a push for more...
article Wyden-Merkley bill would fund Warm Springs, other tribes’ water system upgrades (12/12/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation Thursday to improve water quality and services for tribal communities...
article Bill ends water dispute, gives tribes Bison Range ownership (12/12/2019)
(Montana) -- In a new bill introduced by Montana’s senators, the federal government would transfer control of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish...
article Environmental Protection Agency settles with Hopi Tribe for Safe Drinking Water Act (12/10/2019)
(Arizona) -- The Hopi Tribe has agreed to pay a $3,800 penalty for failing to meet the terms of a 2016 agreement to reduce arsenic levels in drinking water at the Hopi...
article Water-rights bill to include $1.9 billion for Montana tribes (12/7/2019)
(Montana) -- Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines says he plans to introduce legislation to help settle a long-awaited water rights deal with the Confederated Salish and...
article Work planned to begin in December on regional water treatment plant (11/20/2019)
(Montana) -- A project that will supply water to Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation and people off the reservation in seven counties in north-central Montana is taking...
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...

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