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Trinidad Rancheria

article Water glitch not stopping Trinidad Rancheria hotel (5/31/2020)
(California) -- The Trinidad Rancheria is forging ahead its with plans to build a five-story, 100-room hotel near its casino, despite the City of Trinidad’s...
article City Pumps Brakes on Trinidad Rancheria’s Request for Water (5/22/2020)
(California) -- During a hectic and a technologically troubled Webex meeting last night, the Trinidad City Council discussed the controversial topic of water for the...
article Trinidad Rancheria & council in water fight (5/18/2020)
(California) -- The Trinidad Rancheria is alleging that the City of Trinidad has failed to work with the tribe to provide water for its proposed hotel. Because of this...
article Tug-of-water: Trinidad Rancheria says city not acting in good faith (5/18/2020)
(California) -- The controversial hotel project in Trinidad brinks on the city’s agreement to supply the five-story, 100-room development with 10,000 gallons a day...
article The City of Trinidad and the Trinidad Rancheria Are at Odds Again Over the Water Supply for the Tribe’s Hotel Project (5/16/2020)
(California) -- The building of a new hotel on the Trinidad Rancheria has encountered another hurdle as the tribe is now demanding that the City of Trinidad supply the...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article B.C. First Nation adopts historic law to protect Fraser River (5/29/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations community situated along both sides of the Fraser River in B.C.’s Interior is taking steps to protect water in their...
article B.C. First Nation adopts historic law to protect Fraser River (5/28/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations community situated along both sides of the Fraser River in B.C.’s Interior is taking steps to protect water in their...
article Pond Inlet doesn't know how it will get water if its infrastructure isn't fixed soon (4/29/2020)
(North Canada) -- Pond Inlet is worried it won't be able to access its water supply if it doesn't get a temporary pumping system in place before spring thaw in a...
article This is what access to clean water looks like for a First Nation in a remote corner of Ontario (4/17/2020)
(Ontario) -- Jonathan Mallet lies on the frozen surface in the Lake of the Woods. Moments before, his quad vehicle had flipped him and his sled carrying water jugs onto...
article Pictou Landing chief 'shocked' by look of Boat Harbour months after mill shutdown (4/15/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- For the first time in her life, the chief of Pictou Landing First Nation says she can't smell the familiar stench of effluent being dumped into Boat...
article NWO First Nations launch program to train water plant operators (3/16/2020)
(Ontario) -- A tribal council representing eight First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario is partnering with a Canadian charity to train future water plant...
article Winter road conditions pose challenge to Liberals' timetable for lifting boil water advisories: minister (3/6/2020)
(Ontario) -- Fort Severn First Nation in northern Ontario declared a state of emergency this week after the pump that supplies its water failed — and warmer-than-...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Water Issues

article Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics (5/29/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department raised the same concern last year, when it said the project would lead to a “major decline and the possible...
article Monacan Indian Nation aiming to preserve Rassawek (5/24/2020)
(Virginia) -- The Cultural Heritage Partners is representing the Monacan Indian Nation to help preserve Rassawek at the Point of Fork in Fluvanna County, where the James...
article Tensions emerge as a top Arizona official discusses tribes’ unresolved water claims (3/15/2020)
(Arizona) -- Many of Arizona’s Native tribes have long-standing claims to water rights that haven’t yet been settled, and a discussion of efforts to...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

article After Outbreak, No Running Water On Parts Of Warm Springs Reservation (5/27/2020)
(Oregon) -- Just as a surge in COVID-19 infections appears to be subsiding, parts of the Warm Springs Reservation have no running water. About 35 residents have been...
1 Article on this Issue

Klamath Tribes

article In the Klamath Basin, farmers, fish, water managers all feel the pain from drought (5/26/2020)
(Oregon) -- Nowhere has California’s dry winter hit harder than the state’s far north. In a handful of counties along the rural Oregon border, where late-...
1 Article on this Issue

Yurok Tribe

article Court denies Yurok Tribe effort to increase downstream Klamath River flows (5/25/2020)
(California) -- A federal judge in San Francisco on Friday May 22 sided with local water users and the federal government, preventing more of the Klamath Project’s...
article Klamath Tribes respond to Yurok Tribe ruling (5/25/2020)
(California) -- The Klamath Tribes are heartened by Judge William Orrick’s decision Friday not to order Reclamation to increase releases from Upper Klamath Lake to...
article Monday, the Bureau of Reclamation Shut Off Needed Klamath River Flows, Says Yurok Tribe (5/16/2020)
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), and the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), represented by...
article Yuroks, Others Seek To Reinstate Klamath River Water Flows To Protect Salmon (5/15/2020)
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations and the Institute for Fisheries Resources are seeking a temporary restraining...
article Tribe, Fisherman win more water for Klamath Salmon (3/31/2020)
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), and the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), represented by...
article Yurok Tribe, commercial fishermen win more water for Klamath River to protect salmon (3/30/2020)
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), and the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), represented by...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Lytton Band

article Lytton Rancheria agrees to pay Windsor $20 million to access wastewater plant (5/23/2020)
(California) -- Windsor will accept a $20 million payment from the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians in exchange for allowing the tribe to connect to the town’s...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Parts of Navajo water pipeline near completion amid virus (5/23/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Growing up without running water or electricity in rural New Mexico on the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation in the 1950s, Daniel Tso contracted...
article Facing concerns about damming Little Colorado River, company plans dams in another canyon (5/23/2020)
(Arizona) -- When a Phoenix company floated a proposal last year to build two hydroelectric dams on the Little Colorado River, it faced an outpouring of opposition....
article Clean water is key for Navajo Nation, other tribes, to avoid next pandemic (5/12/2020)
(Arizona) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the deep inequities that run through our country, and nowhere is that more stark than on the Navajo Nation. The...
article Navajo Nation residents face coronavirus without running water (5/9/2020)
(Arizona) -- Margie Barton unfolded a map of Dilkon in Navajo Nation and pointed to the clusters of households representing 90% of its residents living without running...
article Navajo Nation residents face coronavirus without running water (5/8/2020)
(Arizona) -- Margie Barton unfolded a map of Dilkon in Navajo Nation and pointed to the clusters of households representing 90% of its residents living without running...
article In Navajo Nation, pandemic exposes water crisis and health disparities (4/22/2020)
(Utah) -- The coronavirus is hitting the United States' largest Native American territory hard, with a spike in cases bringing long-standing disparities to the fore...
article Navajo Nation's water shortage may be supporting COVID-19 spread (4/18/2020)
(Arizona) -- Three winters ago, Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai experienced firsthand the impact of the lack of running water or other basic infrastructure for many homes in...
article Water crisis hits Navajo community amid looming COVID-19 fears (4/13/2020)
(Arizona) -- Recent COVID-19-panic shopping stripped store shelves of bottled water, leaving the 2,000 residents of To’Hajiilee without drinking water. Over the...
article Navajo Nation low on water, approaching top 3 hot spots in US (4/10/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is expected to become one of the top three hot spots in the country per-capita for COVID-19 cases, as we're learning they're...
article No running water. No electricity. On Navajo Nation, coronavirus creates worry and confusion as cases surge (4/3/2020)
(Arizona) -- Lisa Robbins runs the generator attached to her family’s mobile home for just a few hours most mornings. With no electricity, it provides heat in this...
article Fresh water runs for the first time in Navajo Nation homes (3/30/2020)
(Arizona) -- More than 300 families on the Navajo Nation reservation have fresh running-water systems for the fist time, provided for free, and a non-profit group hopes...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Gila River

article Interior Secretary views Gila River water project on his way to the Grand Canyon (5/22/2020)
(Arizona) -- Interior Secretary David Bernhardt took a close look at a tribal water project in the lower Sonoran Desert Friday on his way to celebrate the partial...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Nunavut mine to release 1.5 years' worth of old water into Meliadine Lake (5/22/2020)
(North Canada) -- Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. got an emergency amendment to its water licence to release a year and a half's worth of melted snow and rain water into...
article OP/ED: Despite legal victory, tribes still a target in water wars (5/9/2020)
(Nevada) -- As longtime opponents of the Las Vegas pipeline, tribal members and governments were relieved after the state and Southern Nevada Water Authority decided not...
article Native people, environmentalists fight Nevada mine's plan to pump billions of gallons of groundwater (4/14/2020)
(Nevada) -- Native people and environmental groups are fighting a proposed gold mine expansion in northeastern Nevada they say could dry up springs, harm wildlife and...
article Conservationists oppose water rights for Nevada gold mine (4/12/2020)
(Nevada) -- Five conservation groups have joined a tribe's effort to block the expansion of a northeast Nevada gold mine. The Reno-based Great Basin Resource Watch...
article Conservationists oppose water rights for Nevada gold mine (4/10/2020)
(Nevada) -- Five conservation groups have joined a tribe’s effort to block the expansion of a northeast Nevada gold mine they say would suck water from other area...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Turtle Mountain

article Water outage on part of Turtle Mountain Reservation (4/26/2020)
(North Dakota) -- Roughly 400 households in the northern segment of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation are without water, according to Tribal...
1 Article on this Issue

Kalispel Tribe

article Washington DOC sues federal government over chemicals that tainted food from Airway Heights prison (4/25/2020)
(Washington) -- Washington’s Department of Corrections is suing the federal government over decades of chemical runoff from Fairchild Air Force Base that...
1 Article on this Issue

Apache Tribe

article Elk Valley Rancheria awarded $200,000 for water resource technical assistance (4/23/2020)
(California) -- On April 22, the Bureau of Reclamation announced it would award $200,000 to Elk Valley Rancheria for water resource technical assistance, according to a...
1 Article on this Issue

Buffalo & Bison

article OP/ED: Water bill gives National Bison Range to tribes (4/20/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Water Rights Protection Act is akin to Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanting to include the Kennedy Center in the legislation to help fund businesses...
1 Article on this Issue

Agua Caliente

article Building on Water / How the Agua Caliente people survive and thrive with the greatest natural resource. (4/13/2020)
(California) -- Pál. Agua. Water. It is essential to the survival of all earthly things. For centuries, it has been coveted, contained, sought after, and fought over. In...
1 Article on this Issue

Hoopa Tribe

article Hoopa Tribe strikes at interiors coveted Westlands Water District corporate deal (3/31/2020)
(California) -- The Hoopa Valley Tribe applauded Fresno County Superior Court's refusal to validate a proposed contract between Westlands Water District and the Bureau...
1 Article on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article State funds to help Lumbee Tribe continue dam work (3/8/2020)
(North Carolina) -- New state funding was announced this week and it’s set to help the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina continue a recovery project. The North...
1 Article on this Issue

CSKT

article CSKT encourages public engagement of Water Compact information (3/5/2020)
(Montana) -- For a number of years, the Lake County Commissioners have engaged in a campaign to oppose Tribal initiatives and promote the distribution of misinformation...
article OP/ED: Watered Down (3/4/2020)
(Montana) -- For two weeks now, there’s been a gusher of television advertising promoting the so-called Montana Water Rights Protection Act, Senate bill S-3019....
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

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...
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...

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