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Dakota Access Pipeline

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...
article OP/ED: How to Stop a Black Snake (12/10/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Last Sunday, the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock in North Dakota was slick with icy, packed-down snow. The mud was glass. Veterans poured in,...
article OP/ED: Standing Rock: Historic win for Native American religious freedom (12/10/2016)
(North Dakota) -- On Dec. 4, the two-year struggle by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their sacred land and water ended — at least for now — when...
article The Last Days at Standing Rock (12/10/2016)
(North Dakota) -- On Friday, December 2, Bobby Robedeaux and seven other members of the Pawnee Nation left Pawnee, Oklahoma, hauling a trailer full of firewood 900 miles...
article AZ Tribes At Standing Rock Explain Cultural Significance Of Water (12/3/2016)
(Arizona) -- The Army Corps of Engineers has ordered thousands of demonstrators near the Standing Rock Sioux Nation to leave by Monday.
article U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer to Introduce Bill Protecting Water of Tribes and Municipalities (12/3/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today announced that she will introduce the Protect Our Drinking Water Act of 2016, which would require permission...
article The Dakota Pipeline: The Human Right to Water at Standing Rock (11/5/2016)
(North Dakota) -- The construction of the pipeline would violate the human right to peace, the right of Indigenous peoples to practice their cultural traditions, and...
article Tribal chairmen condemn law enforcement aggression used during protest (10/29/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Chairmen of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes condemned the aggression used against Dakota Access Pipeline opponents this week and said...
article Conflicting Accounts Emerge After Treaty Camp Police Action (10/29/2016)
(North Dakota) -- More details are emerging about yesterday’s police action on Highway 1806 about three miles from the Cannonball River. Commencing shortly before...
article 'Thor' star Chris Hemsworth protests Dakota pipeline, apologizes for Native American costume (10/29/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Activists are continuing to protest in North Dakota over a planned pipeline. Now, they have a new ally: Thor. Actor Chris Hemsworth posted a photo,...
article Amnesty International just sent human rights observers to North Dakota to protect water protectors (10/29/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) has sent a team of human rights observers to monitor law enforcement response to those protesting the construction of...
article At DAPL, Confiscating Cameras as Evidence of Journalism (10/29/2016)
(North Dakota) -- While elite media wait for the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline to go away so they can return to presenting their own chin-stroking as what it...
article Native Americans protest outside CNN demanding they stop ignoring Standing Rock (10/29/2016)
(California) -- Indigenous activists are loudly protesting outside of CNN, calling out the network for refusing to cover the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. In a...
27 Total Articles on this Issue

Gila River

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...
1 Article 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

Mining & Drilling

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...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

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...
4 Total Articles 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

Dry Creek Rancheria

article Dry Creek Rancheria seeks to restore Russian River tributary for fish, water supply (11/27/2016)
(California) -- Tucked away among rolling green hills off the road leading up to the River Rock Casino near Geyserville, a once-beleaguered creek is springing back to...
1 Article on this Issue

Donald Trump

article What Does Trump Mean for America's Lands and Waters? (11/17/2016)
(USA) -- The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States last Tuesday fell like a lightning bolt on the American environmental community. But it has left...
1 Article on this Issue

Pala Tribe

article EPA gives Pala Band of Mission Indians authority to govern tribal waters (11/6/2016)
(California) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the approval of the Pala Band of Mission Indians’ application for “...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’ (3/24/2017)
(Oregon) -- The Yurok Tribe is bracing for the far-reaching economic, cultural, and social challenges created by what is expected to be the most catastrophic fisheries...
article World Water Day: Ojibwe Grandmothers Prepare for New Water Walks (3/23/2017)
(Minnesota) -- Since 1993 with a declaration by the United Nations, World Water Day has been marked internationally on March 22 each year to acknowledge the many water...
article First Nations in Alberta 'encouraged' province will spend $100M on safe drinking water (3/18/2017)
(Alberta) -- Some kids growing up at the Frog Lake First Nations don't know what it's like to grab a glass and fill it with clean drinking water from their taps...
article Tsuut’ina Nation tells Calgary to take its dam somewhere else (3/18/2017)
(Alberta) -- In 2013, thousands of Calgarians were displaced, and hundreds of homes damaged in what was called the most destructive flood in the history of Alberta. Now...
article Climate Shrinks Colorado River Flow (3/14/2017)
(Arizona) -- The Colorado River is dwindling, and climate change is officially to blame. In the first 14 years of this century, the flow declined to only four-fifths of...
article Doubt remains in federal government's 5-year timeline to bring safe water to First Nations communities (3/12/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- While the Canadian government says it's on track with its 2016 promise to bring safe water to First Nations communities within five years, some are...
article Indigenous Affairs Minister insists government is on track to tackle First Nation water advisories (3/9/2017)
(Ottawa) -- The federal government announced today that it will deliver on a promise to eliminate water woes on First Nation communities. According to Canada, there are...
article Federal Appeals Court Sides With Tribe in Water Rights Case (3/9/2017)
(California) -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has a right to Coachella Valley groundwater supplies, the latest in...
article Ninth Circuit Rules for Agua Caliente in Water Suit (3/9/2017)
(California) -- In a ruling that has implications across Indian country and the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a Southern California...
article U.S. Appeals Court Affirms Tribal Groundwater Rights (3/9/2017)
(California) -- In a ruling with substantial importance for water management in the American West, a U.S. appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision that an Indian...
article Federal appeals court rules Native American tribe has groundwater rights (3/8/2017)
(California) -- A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling that the...
article Ninth Circuit Confirms Tribe’s Water Rights (3/8/2017)
(California) -- The Ninth Circuit affirmed Tuesday that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has a federally reserved right to groundwater under their reservation...
article Water agency dealt setback in challenge to Bureau of Indian Affairs rule (3/8/2017)
(California) -- It's been a bad day in court for a local government entity in southern California. First, the Desert Water Agency lost a huge dispute with the Agua...
article Court: Federal rule doesn't stop DWA from collecting fees on Indian land (3/7/2017)
(California) -- A federal appeals court has rejected the Desert Water Agency's challenge to a Department of the Interior regulation, denying the agency's...
article Agua Caliente Band wins major decision on rights to groundwater (3/7/2017)
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is celebrating after winning another round in its ongoing water rights lawsuit. In a unanimous decision, the...
article OP/ED: No excuses for boil water orders on First Nations reserves - Michael's essay (3/5/2017)
(Ontario) -- In May of 2000, during a random test of the water supply in the farming town of Walkerton, Ontario, traces of e-coli were found in a shallow water supply...
article Tribes gather to present water protection rights (3/4/2017)
(California) -- More than 70 people gathered at Humboldt State University on Saturday for a six-hour conference on the importance of indigenous and native water...
article Trump EPA's proposed cuts go deep into Puget Sound (3/3/2017)
(Washington) -- The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal funding for restoring Puget Sound by 93 percent. For the fiscal year ending this June, the U.S....
article Harbor District to Vote Again on Oyster Expansion (2/25/2017)
(California) -- Another contentious vote on whether to allow Coast Seafoods to expand their oyster farming operations is happening this week. On Tuesday, February 28,...
article 'Excited over the simple things': First Nation enjoys turning on the taps after 10 years without clean water (2/24/2017)
(Ontario) -- Makayla McWatch can clearly remember the first time she drank water from a tap at home. For the 12-year-old, it only came last summer.

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