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article The Flathead Nation’s Federal Reserved Water Rights Compact is now in the hands of the full U.S. Senate (8/6/2020)
(Montana) -- The Flathead Nations Federal Reserved Water Rights Compact, entitled the Montana Water Rights Protection Act in Senate Bill 3019, passed its final Senate...
article CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate (8/4/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- A Montana water rights bill that would end a years-long debate was passed by a congressional committee on July 29, the next step in ensuring...
article CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate (8/3/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- A Montana water rights bill that would end a years-long debate was passed by a congressional committee on July 29, the next step in ensuring...
article Flathead Water Compact Clears Senate Committee (7/30/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- In a unanimous, bipartisan vote on July 29, a congressional committee approved a $1.9 billion measure to settle water rights negotiations between...
article CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate (7/29/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- If the act passes, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will relinquish claims to off-reservation water rights and regain control of the...
article Flathead Nation Federal Reserved Water Rights Compact has legislative hearing in U.S. Senate — Trump Administration supports funding levels (7/2/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The long nearly 40-year journey in turbid and meandering political waters that began on the Flathead Indian Reservation, with stops in the Montana...
article State Republicans Oppose Federal CSKT Water Act (7/2/2020)
(Montana) -- A group of 28 state Republican legislators are asking federal lawmakers to hold a hearing on the federal Montana Water Rights Protection Act in Kalispell....
article Bill to Settle CSKT Water Rights Gains Senate Committee Support (6/27/2020)
(Montana) -- A $1.9 billion measure to help settle a long-disputed water rights deal between the state and federal governments and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai...
article Montana Water Rights act touted as ‘permanent solution’ to Flathead dispute (6/25/2020)
(Montana) -- We’re still short of final action. However that proposal for a nearly $2 billion plan to settle tribal water rights in the Flathead Basin took a major...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo ‘Water Warrior’ brings resource to those in need amid pandemic (8/3/2020)
(Arizona) -- When the sun is up, he’s up and ready to hit the road by 8 a.m. Flatbed trucks are loaded with brimming barrels of water, and the teams take off up...
article Thousands of Navajo Nation homes without plumbing amid virus (8/1/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Seventy- six-year-old Louise Johnson made a plea for help in her cellphone voicemail message. “My name is Louise Johnson. I live in the Superman...
article Waiting for water: On the Navajo Nation, long lines, scarce resources, but few solutions (7/22/2020)
(Arizona) -- The line forms at the water spigot before dawn. In Chevrolets, Fords and Toyotas, men and women of all ages pull up, the beds of their pickups holding...
article Former NFL standout Chris Long helps bring Navajos much needed water (7/15/2020)
(Arizona) -- Two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long and his foundation are donating $100,000 to the Navajo Nation to improve access to water on the reservation. The...
article Navajo Nation, environmentalists fight rollback of U.S. water rule (7/7/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The nation’s largest Native American tribe and several environmental groups are waging a legal challenge to a revised federal rule that lifts...
article Navajo Nation, environmentalists fight rollback of U.S. water protections (6/25/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The nation’s largest Native American tribe and several environmental groups are waging a legal challenge to a revised federal rule that lifts...
article Report: Largest coal producing mine in U.S. drained aquifer on coronavirus-ravaged Navajo Nation (6/19/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has been one of the hardest-hit areas by the COVID-19 pandemic. A major, complicating factor has been the lack of running water in tribal...
article Virus-Ravaged Navajo Say Coal Mines Sapped Their Drinking Water (6/17/2020)
(Arizona) -- To “do this hand-washing thing that’s recommended by the health people,” Navajo Nation member Percy Deal drives his pickup truck once a...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Ute Tribe

article Ute Mountain Utes may earmark CARES Act money for household water (7/31/2020)
(Colorado) -- The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is considering using CARES Act funding to improve basic utility services for tribal residences, according to a tribal council...
1 Article on this Issue

Water Issues

article With Klamath Dam Removal Plan Going Sideways, Gov. Newsom Pleads With Warren Buffett to Salvage Deal (7/30/2020)
(California) -- With a historic Klamath River dam removal agreement in jeopardy, California Governor Gavin Newsom has reached out to billionaire financier Warren Buffett...
article Navajo Nation residents hope federal act, aid will finally bring big water projects (7/27/2020)
(Navajo Nation) -- Last summer, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez sat before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee and pleaded for the passage of a bill that...
article How Tribes Can Respond To Clean Water Act Review Limits (sub req) (7/21/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Tribal governments may be looking for ways to enact new public health policies and assert their sovereignty in light of this summer's two pivotal...
article 'Chance to seek justice' after First Nations' water advisories lawsuit certified as class action: lawyer (7/17/2020)
(Manitoba) -- A recent court decision could mean billions of dollars for First Nations without access to safe drinking water — if a class-action lawsuit is...
press release N.W.T.-Alberta water agreement under criticism after unilateral suspension of monitoring (7/17/2020)
(Alberta) -- Two Indigenous leaders in the N.W.T., and a former territorial environment minister, are criticizing a water protection agreement with Alberta.
article Two Arizona tribes, advocacy group join suits over EPA’s clean-water rule rollback (6/24/2020)
(Arizona) -- Two Arizona tribes and a Phoenix-based advocacy group joined a pair of lawsuits this week to reverse a Trump administration clean-water rule that critics...
article Tribes, environmentalists sue to stop rollback of Clean Water Act protections (6/23/2020)
(Arizona) -- A coalition of tribal governments, environmentalists and labor advocates has sued to stop implementation of a new federal rule that weakens protections for...
article Justices Won’t Wade Into Fight Over Tribal Water Rights (6/22/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Farmers won’t get paid for river water they lost out on during a drought in southern Oregon, because Native American tribes have water rights...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Bishop Paiute

article Bishop Paiute Tribe Pumping Water at Reduced Capacity (7/29/2020)
(California) -- The Bishop Paiute Tribe is experiencing low water pressure reservation wide due to the high demand of water usage and minimal storage and pumping...
1 Article on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

article Broken Pipes, Broken Promises (7/29/2020)
(Oregon) -- As the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs try to manage one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the state, the thousands of people who live there don...
article Support trickling in to help Warm Springs reservation deal with crumbling water infrastructure (7/16/2020)
(Oregon) -- About halfway between Bend and Portland, dissected by Highway 26, is a Native America reservation home to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. It borders...
article Oregon Lawmakers Approve $3.6 Million In Water Aid For Warm Springs Reservation (7/15/2020)
(Oregon) -- As a lack of safe running water on the Warm Springs reservation stretches into a fourth week, Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday approved millions of dollars...
article Water Crisis Returns To Warm Springs As Virus Cases Rise (6/30/2020)
(Oregon) -- A short drive from Portland, thousands of people, a rural health clinic, businesses and senior housing are without safe tap water, while some places don...
article Water conservation mandated at Warm Springs as water system fails again (6/29/2020)
(Oregon) -- Residents of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have been advised by the tribal government to step up water conservation efforts as repair works continue on...
article Warm Springs advised to boil water after mainline break (6/26/2020)
(Oregon) -- Residents on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have been advised to boil water before using it because of a break in the water delivery system. The notice...
article Warm Springs advised to boil water after mainline break (6/25/2020)
(Oregon) -- Residents on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have been advised to boil water before using it because of a break in the water delivery system. The notice...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Shoshone-Bannock

article A Return to Home Waters for the Shoshone-Bannock People (7/23/2020)
(Idaho) -- Through guided river trips, Jessica and Sammy Matsaw have created a corridor of connection for their tribal youth and people through their project, River Newe...
1 Article on this Issue

McGirt

article Does McGirt Cede Oklahoma Waters to Native American Tribes? (7/21/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- On July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court made waves in McGirt v. Oklahoma by overturning a criminal conviction imposed upon a Native American defendant under...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Boil water advisories still in effect in three First Nations communities (7/19/2020)
(Manitoba) -- Boil water advisories (BWA) in three Manitoba First Nations communities are still in the process of elimination since the 2015 federal election campaign....
1 Article on this Issue

Fort Belknap

article Guest opinion: Fort Belknap Water Compact good for the Hi-Line (7/19/2020)
(Montana) -- Putting water to beneficial use in a semi-arid state like Montana is dependent on two truths. Water must be physically available, and the corresponding...
1 Article on this Issue

Kiowa Tribe

article Kiowa roots go back to the Columbia River (7/18/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- At one time the Kiowa were known as mountain people, as they migrated south through mountain ranges until they were forced to settle in Oklahoma and Texas...
1 Article on this Issue

COVID-19

article 10% of Arizona reservation has COVID-19, and many have no drinking water (7/17/2020)
(Arizona) -- About 1 in 10 residents of the White Mountain Apache Tribe have tested positive for the new coronavirus, with about 1 in 3 tests coming back positive,...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article EPA Limits States’ Power to Review Projects That Affect Water Quality (7/13/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- For almost 50 years, states and tribal governments have played an outsized role in deciding whether projects that can harm water quality should...
1 Article on this Issue

DOI

article Tribes critical of meeting with Interior Secretary, Reclamation Commissioner (7/11/2020)
(Oregon) -- While farmers lauded Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman’s historic joint visit to the Klamath...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Gold mine along Hassayampa River may imperil tribal cultural, riparian sites (7/7/2020)
(Arizona) -- Wendy Hodgson scaled a steep scree-covered slope in the upper Hassayampa River canyon. “We’re going up to meet this agave,” she said....
1 Article on this Issue

Keweenaw Bay Tribe

article KBIC becomes first tribe in MI to set own water quality standards (7/3/2020)
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has been testing the water quality of Lake Superior for years to help protect the waters and its tribal members....
1 Article on this Issue

Trans Mountain

article What the Trans Mountain challenge dismissal means for Alberta (7/3/2020)
(Alberta) -- The Supreme Court's decision to dismiss a First Nations' legal challenge to the Trans Mountain expansion project sends important signals about the...
1 Article on this Issue

Trinidad Rancheria

article 'Our Sovereign Right': With water woes continuing to hamper hotel project, Trinidad Rancheria accuses critics of prejudice, systemic racism (7/2/2020)
(California) -- Already escalated tensions spiked sharply south of Trinidad on June 24, when the Trinidad Rancheria accused the city, area residents and Fifth District...
article Supervisor Madrone Outlines His Opposition to Development of Motel and Freeway Interchange by Trinidad Rancheria in Letter to the Editor (6/26/2020)
(California) -- After a letter from the Trinidad Rancheria Tribal Government accused Humboldt County Supervisor Steve Madrone and members of the community of racism in...
article Trinidad Rancheria makes McKinleyville pipeline plea (6/21/2020)
(California) -- A proposal by the Trinidad Rancheria to connect to McKinleyville’s water system received a mostly chilly reception from the public during a meeting...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Coeur d’Alene Tribe

article Coeur d'Alene Tribal Youth Create Summer Podcasts About Water Issues (6/30/2020)
(Idaho) -- This summer, a group of Coeur d’Alene tribal students is learning how to tell stories and make podcasts. The program they’re making tackles a...
1 Article on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article Tribal EOC to distribute bottled water for residents in Nespelem (6/12/2020)
(Washington) -- In response to a concern over drinking water in Nespelem, the Colville Tribal Emergency Operations Center will be distributing gallons of water at the...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Broken pipes, broken promises (8/6/2020)
(Oregon) -- The water crisis on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation can be traced to decades of patchwork repairs, neglect and broken promises. This...
article Navajo Nation residents hope federal act, aid will finally bring big water projects (7/27/2020)
(Utah) -- Last summer, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez sat before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee and pleaded for the passage of a bill that would...
article A Tribe’s Uphill Battle Against Climate Change (4/20/2020)
(Washington) -- For several years, Fawn Sharp has seen her tribe on the coastline of Washington state lurch from crisis to crisis: Rising sea levels have flooded the...
article Op-ed: Access to clean water matters now more than ever (3/26/2020)
(USA) -- Life in the United States has changed dramatically within the last two weeks. We’ve seen toilet paper shortages, the Google search term “virtual...
article Judge again rejects Vegas pipeline from rural valleys along Utah border (3/14/2020)
(Nevada) -- A state judge has again rejected a decades-long bid to tap groundwater beneath vast rangelands in northeast Nevada and pipe it to fast-growing suburbs and...
article State of emergency in Fort Severn due to equipment malfunction at water treatment plant (3/13/2020)
(Ontario) -- Fort Severn First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, has been in a state of emergency since March 2, 2020 due an equipment malfunction at their local water...
article Another Indigenous Community Gets Clean Drinking Water After 17 Years (2/18/2020)
(Ottawa) -- On February 12, 2020, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, together with Chief Derek Maud and their community of Lac Seul First...
article Seven years at the Public Utilities Commission (2/9/2020)
(Minnesota) -- On Feb. 3, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a certificate of need, a route permit and a (court-ordered) Environmental Impact Statement on...
article ‘We used to trust the ice’: How climate change and industry are eroding the ice — and the culture — of Fort Chipewyan (2/1/2020)
(Canada) -- Morgan Voyageur was about 20 feet out on the ice of the Rivière des Rochers in early January when he heard the cracking sound beneath him and his snowmobile...
article Lake County questions water compact effect on county land (1/30/2020)
(Montana) -- Lake County’s commissioners and some residents are questioning what the Montana Water Rights Protection Act will mean for county land.
article Agua Caliente files new lawsuit against Coachella Valley water districts (1/28/2020)
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has filed a second lawsuit against the Coachella Valley Water District and Desert Water Agency over...
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...

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