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Ten states from Nevada to Texas have weighed in to support two water agencies in their fight with an Indian tribe over control of groundwater in the California desert.

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12/17/2017

article Who controls the water supply? The answer involves a long history of political strife
(California) -- A Native American tribe in northern California was appalled last month when Shasta County demanded an extra $1,000 in penalties for their water bill....

12/16/2017

article Hualapai Tribe to get 4,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water per year
(Arizona) -- An agreement to settle the Hualapai Tribe’s water rights claim in northwestern Arizona would bring a rare resolution that creates positive outcomes...

12/14/2017

article Our history explains why First Nations do not have safe water
(Ottawa) -- Last week, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) reported that the Trudeau government is falling behind in its promise to provide safe drinking water to all...
article 13-year-old Anishinaabe water advocate to speak at United Nations
(New York) -- A 13-year-old Anishinaabe girl from Wikwemikong First Nation will address world leaders at the United Nations next spring about protecting water.Autumn...

12/13/2017

article Landmark settlement reached on Santa Margarita River use rights
(California) -- A landmark agreement on the Santa Margarita River Conjunctive Use project between the Fallbrook Public Utility District and Camp Pendleton Marine Base...

12/10/2017

article 2 years after passage, doubts remain about water compact
(Montana) -- Over two years have passed since a slim majority of Montana lawmakers approved the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact, a massive...

12/7/2017

article Cost of bringing First Nations water systems up to snuff could total $3.2B: PBO
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to end all boil-water advisories on First Nations within five years won't happen without significantly more...
article Liberals face funding gap on First Nations water promise: PBO
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government is spending only 70 per cent, at most, of what's needed to fulfil its promise to end boil water advisories on First Nations...

12/4/2017

article How a Big Win for Native American Water Rights Could Impact the West
(California) -- After the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal, the Ninth Circuit will decide a Southern California tribe’s share of Coachella Valley Aquifer...

11/10/2017

article Montana Supreme Court Upholds CSKT Water Compact
(Montana) -- The Montana Supreme Court this week upheld the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ hard-won water compact, ruling that the legislatively approved...

11/9/2017

article Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact survives legal challenge
(Montana) -- A water compact between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and state of Montana has survived an important legal challenge. In a decision on...

11/4/2017

article Hoopa Valley Tribe, Huffman decry Westlands Water District settlement
(California) -- Tribes, fishermen and a North Coast congressman are decrying an effort by Congress to pass a settlement agreement that they say would give away Trinity...

11/3/2017

article NOAA Partners with Northern Plains Tribes to Improve Drought Resilience
(Wyoming) -- Over the past several years, the High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC) has been working with Native American tribes in the region to help address...

11/2/2017

article Hoopa Valley Tribe Alarmed by New Bill
(California) -- The Hoopa Valley Tribe strongly opposes H.R. 1769, the San Luis Drainage Resolution Act, and is alarmed to learn today that a clandestine effort is...
press release Hoopa Valley Tribe Battles Dangerous Environmental Assault
(Washington D.C.) -- The Hoopa Valley Tribe strongly opposes H.R. 1769, the San Luis Drainage Resolution Act, and is alarmed to learn today that a clandestine effort is...

10/29/2017

article Major Water Rights Settlement for Arizona Tribe Goes to Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- With all parties on board, the Hualapai Water Rights Settlement should be a slam dunk. The plan would provide water for the Arizona tribe to grow...
article Who controls the water? Arizona agencies slug it out
(Arizona) -- For three years, federal, state and local water officials have hunted for a solution to declining water levels at Lake Mead, a key drinking-water source for...

10/28/2017

article How a joint utility could help Indigenous communities struggling with clean water
(Nova Scotia) -- The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat hopes to soon create a regional water utility for 30 Indigenous communities in New...

10/22/2017

article Public hearing expected on water supply for proposed plant
(Rhode Island) -- Rhode Island regulators are expected to hold a public hearing later this year on a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville. Rhode Island...

10/21/2017

article Water secured for tribal lands
(California) -- Indian tribes in our arid region need access to reliable water to continue to live on reservation lands. This session, I jointly wrote Assembly Bill 1361...

10/19/2017

article Karluk Tribe keeps up fight over ownership of river
(Alaska) -- Centuries of tides changed the Karluk River’s course and the Tribe that continues to claim ownership today. Storms in Shelikof Strait altered the beach...

10/18/2017

article Council OK’s regatta sale: 6-1 vote allows city manager to begin talks with Marnell Gaming
(Arizona) -- In a 6-1 vote, City Council members voted Tuesday to sell the rights and property associated with the Bullhead City River Regatta to Marnell Gaming. Council...

10/17/2017

article Toxic algae levels down in Klamath, tribe reports
(Oregon) -- Dangerous levels of cyanobacteria have dissipated in most parts of the Klamath River, however low concentrations of the toxin are persisting near Weitchpec,...

10/14/2017

article Fifty-year legal fight ends with five North County tribes getting their water back
(California) -- In 1967, Robert Pelcyger was a newly minted lawyer who knew little about the rights of Native Americans and even less about water rights. Then he met...
article For Native Americans, a river is a sacred place
(Washington D.C.) -- The environmental group Deep Green Resistance recently filed a first-of-its-kind legal suit against the state of Colorado asking for personhood...

10/10/2017

article Blackfeet tribal lawsuit about illegal actions on water rights
(Montana) -- A recently passed water compact in the Blackfeet nation, is under-fire because of a group of tribal members. They claim the agreement between the state and...

10/1/2017

article Lummi Nation wants to develop Salish Village, so it’s asking Bellingham for this
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation is asking the City of Bellingham to provide up to 600,000 gallons of water a day for its Salish Village development near Interstate 5 and...

9/30/2017

article Patch: Water talks an opportunity to help Arizona, river tribes
(Arizona) -- Because of Arizona’s ongoing drought challenges and a continuous surge in population growth, our Tribal Council has been in discussions with water...

9/29/2017

article Invenergy Solidifies Water Plan with Tribe Backup
(Rhode Island) -- Water is again a source of contention for the proposed fossil-fuel power plant. A week after opponents of the energy project failed to persuade the...
article San Luis Rey Water Settlement: tribes, cities are now ‘joined at the hip’
(California) -- On Monday, one time antagonists of a 50-year battle in the courts over right rights, who eventually became friends and allies, celebrated the San Luis...

9/26/2017

article OP/ED: A way not to settle water claims
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley recently signed an appeal brief in a water rights case now pending before the U S Supreme Court. In that...
article Part 2: Native American tribes fight for clean water and more money
(Montana) -- When John Doyle first noticed signs of trouble in the Little Bighorn River, he was still a young member of the Apsaalooke Nation in southeastern Montana....

9/25/2017

article Water bailout? Colorado River tribes pose statewide leasing idea
(Arizona) -- Think of it as a water bailout, easing Arizona’s Colorado River woes and the legal-environmental water conflicts plaguing many rural communities....

9/23/2017

article Water bailout? Colorado River tribes pose statewide leasing idea
(Arizona) -- Think of it as a water bailout, easing Arizona’s Colorado River woes and the legal-environmental water conflicts plaguing many rural communities....

9/16/2017

article Boil water advisory issued for Chaco
(New Mexico) -- People visiting Chaco Culture National Historical Park should bring extra water. The New Mexico Environment Department's Drinking Water Bureau issued...

9/15/2017

article Tribe, Feds Urge 1st Circ. To Rethink River Waters Ruling (sub req)
(New York) -- The federal government and the Penobscot Indian Nation on Thursday each asked the First Circuit to review its ruling that two federal laws made plain the...

9/13/2017

article Senators introduce Hualapai Tribe Water Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced S.1770, The Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act to settle the water...

9/12/2017

article Potlotek First Nation advised its water unfit for drinking or washing
(Nova Scotia) -- A year after residents of Potlotek First Nation in Cape Breton rallied to protest the quality of their drinking water, the community has been advised by...

9/11/2017

article Hualapai Agree To Settle Water Rights Conflict
(Arizona) -- The Hualapai Tribe has agreed to end a decades-long conflict over Colorado River water rights in exchange for a $134 million pipeline that will supply water...
article Residents speak their piece in the federal water rights case
(California) -- It has been more than 10 years since nearly 2,000 Anza and Aguanga landowners with properties surrounding the Cahuilla and Ramona Indian Reservation were...
article Troubled Water: Industrial waste pollutes America’s drinking water
(USA) -- In Ringwood, New Jersey, Ford Motor Co. dumped more than 35,000 tons of toxic paint sludge onto lands occupied for centuries by the Turtle Clan of the Ramapough...

9/10/2017

article Surveillance photo of fire fuels tensions between ranchers, Yakama Nation
(Washington) -- Tensions between ranchers and the Yakama Nation over water rights have been heightened since a surveillance photo appeared on Facebook, showing a man in...
article Indigenous artists unite to create Edmonton, Ottawa murals focused on water protection
(Canada) -- Two well-known Indigenous artists and environmentalists have partnered to create murals in Edmonton and Ottawa that they hope will raise awareness about the...

9/3/2017

article Native American tribes fight for clean water and more money
(Montana) -- When John Doyle first noticed signs of trouble in the Little Bighorn River, he was still a young member of the Apsaalooke Nation in southeastern Montana.

9/2/2017

article "All land is sacred": Arapaho water ceremony planned for Otis State Park
(Massachusetts) -- Forced out of Standing Rock, American Indians have dispersed around the country to continue the work — and get arrested for it if need be....

8/25/2017

article Luger: Water Is Life, So Drink It
(New York) -- While we often have no control over whether the water that comes out of our faucet is contaminated or not, we do have control over what we do with clean...

8/21/2017

article OP/ED: The scheme to pump desert water to L.A. could destroy the Mojave. California's Legislature needs to block it
(California) -- Unlike some deserts, California’s Mojave Desert is full of life. There are tortoises and bighorn sheep, breathtaking wildflower blooms and Joshua...
article Standing Rock tribe completes rural water supply pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has completed a pipeline connecting the North Dakota and South Dakota portions of a rural water delivery system.

8/16/2017

article Mitchell: Court ruling puts state water rights in jeopardy
(Nevada) -- Nevada is taking the lead in challenging a recent 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion that has the potential to obliterate more than a century of state...

8/15/2017

article Native American tribes fight for clean water, more money
(Montana) -- When John Doyle first noticed signs of trouble in the Little Bighorn River, he was still a young member of the Apsaalooke Nation in southeastern Montana....

8/14/2017

article Flint and pipeline cases become 'harbingers of conflict in the future' of water
(Illinois) -- Civil rights lawyer Daniel Sheehan wasn’t even listed as a speaker for a water-rights program at the ABA Annual Meeting on Sunday, but he managed to...

8/10/2017

article Water at Risk: Tribal Leaders’ Perspective
(Illinois) -- Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II and Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin Chairman Gary Besaw will be in Chicago on August 17 to discuss...

8/8/2017

article 10 states back California agencies in fight with tribe over groundwater
(California) -- Ten states from Nevada to Texas have weighed in to support two water agencies in their fight with an Indian tribe over control of groundwater in the...

8/5/2017

article In court battle over groundwater rights, tribe's leader demands water treatment
(California) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will hear an appeal from water agencies and rule in the precedent-setting legal fight over whether...

8/3/2017

article Company’s plan to sell Mojave Desert groundwater opposed by L.A. water officials
(California) -- The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is opposing a company's proposal to pump groundwater in the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern...

8/1/2017

article In Palm Springs, a Fight Over Who Controls the Drinking Water [sub req]
(California) -- Deep beneath the desert east of Los Angeles is a Southern California treasure: a massive basin filled with fresh water.
article Mni Ki Wakan water summit starts at the lake
(Minnesota) -- People stood in a circle near Thomas Beach early Monday morning, each taking a sprig of sage and a pinch of tobacco to burn before walking around Bde Maka...

7/31/2017

article Judge hears arguments in Las Vegas water pipeline fight
(Nevada) -- Momentum and mitigation were two issues mentioned Monday by a federal judge who will decide whether environmental studies need to be redone for a massive...
article More water woes for B.C.'s Semiahmoo First Nation
(British Columbia) -- The Semiahmoo First Nation appears to have solved its need for a long-term water supply, but band members are concerned about short-term access....

7/29/2017

article Canada's longest-standing First Nations boil water advisory will end in 2018, Liberals say
(Ontario) -- The Liberal government says it will spend nearly $9 million to upgrade, renovate and improve the water plant in Neskantaga First Nation, a northern Ontario...

7/26/2017

article Sask. reserve to get clean drinking water after more than 5 years
(Saskatchewan) -- Plans are underway to get a Saskatchewan First Nation clean water after more than five years under a drinking water advisory, and to meet a pledge to...

7/24/2017

article Water Shortage On Rocky Boy's Reservation Could Ease With Federal Funding
(Montana) -- 3,000 people might run out of water this summer on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, but a bipartisan bill moving through U.S. Congress could bring some...

7/20/2017

article Lawmakers hit impasse on water rights negotiations
(Washington) -- Washington lawmakers said Wednesday they are at an impasse on negotiations on a water rights bill, meaning that the Legislature is likely to adjourn its...

7/18/2017

article Water wells near troubled Oklahoma river going bad
(Oklahoma) -- Turning on the tap and getting a glass of clean water is a luxury many of us take for granted, but that is not the case everywhere in Oklahoma and the...

7/17/2017

article Judge puts an end to New Mexico's 1966 water-rights lawsuit
(New Mexico) -- After more than 50 years of litigation, a federal judge has brought an end to a water-rights lawsuit involving four Native American communities and...
article Olympia in deadlock as lawmakers battle over water rights, construction
(Washington) -- Capital construction budgets and water-policy legislation sometimes draw yawns in the political world. They’re important, necessary and not always...

7/12/2017

article Water shortage at Box Elder critical, 3,000 residents left with one week's supply
(Montana) -- Unrelenting heat coupled with the failure of a major water storage tank have led to a critical water shortage on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.

7/11/2017

article Rocky Boy Reservation is at Critical Low for Water Reserves
(Montana) -- Because of the extreme drought across much of north eastern Montana, the Chippewa Cree Tribe has put a water restriction in place as of last week. But now,...

7/10/2017

article Critical water tank levels cause water restrictions on Rocky Boy’s Reservation
(Montana) -- The Chippawee Cree Tribe on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation is facing a major water shortage. Tribal officials have implemented water restrictions...

7/9/2017

article Navajo Nation residents short of running water
(Arizona) -- On the outskirts of Monument Valley, touching the Arizona-Utah border, a water well is encased in a brick building behind a barb-wired fence. A few cattle...

7/7/2017

article Calif. Tribe Has No Federal Groundwater Right, Justices Told (sub req.)
(California) -- Two California water agencies urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla...

7/5/2017

article Alberta spends $7M to bring drinking water to Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation northwest of Edmonton
(Alberta) -- The Alberta government announced Tuesday it will pump $7.15 million into bringing clean drinking water to the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, northwest of...
article Water experts: Climate change intensifying effects of persistent drought
(Nevada) -- The effects of global climate change are being felt in the West’s continuing drought, according to a panel discussion at UNLV last week. Wildfires have...

7/3/2017

article Vossler: Tribe should not get preferential treatment with water rights
(California) -- As a Coachella Valley resident, I’m concerned about the valley’s water. Water directly affects everyone who spends time in this valley. The...

7/1/2017

article $4 billion Capital Budget in limbo over water rights dispute
(Washington) -- Some $4 billion in construction projects remain in limbo as the Legislature entered a new fiscal year Saturday morning without passing a capital...

6/27/2017

article E.P.A. Moves to Rescind Contested Water Pollution Regulation
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Tuesday took a major legal step toward repealing a bitterly contested Obama-era regulation designed to limit pollution...
article Trump administration to propose repealing rule giving EPA broad authority over water pollution
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump’s administration will revoke a rule that gives the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority over regulating the...

6/24/2017

article OP/ED: Environmental Protection Ensures Fresh Water, Better Future
(Oklahoma) -- Protecting the environment and practicing conservation principles have always been important to the Cherokee people. Our close relationship to the land,...

6/17/2017

article Climate Change Is Shrinking the Colorado River
(Colorado) -- The nation’s two largest reservoirs, Lake Mead on the Arizona/Nevada border and Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border, were brim full in the year...

6/11/2017

article Feds announce $338,000 to help Semiahmoo First Nation improve water
(British Columbia) -- Semiahmoo First Nation is one of 33 communities the federal government will help with funding for water infrastructure, according to an...

6/10/2017

article Penobscot Nation and Allies Rally and Paddle for Water
(Maine) -- Under sunny skies on Saturday afternoon, more than 100 people gathered once again on the banks of the Penobscot River in Bangor, to speak out for clean water...
article “Water is Life” Rally Highlights Fight for Clean and Accessible Water
(Maine) -- Protecting the Penobscot River. That goal brought folks from across the state together Saturday in Bangor. It’s part of a larger effort by the Penobscot...

6/7/2017

article Hopi, Navajo continue negotiations for Little Colorado River Water Settlement
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the Nation would continue to pursue an agreement to protect all water rights it has to the Little Colorado River...
article Tribes concerned proposed Nestle water pumping increase would harm environment, violate treaty
(Michigan) -- Nestle wants to draw more spring water from its well in Osceola County. As Michigan decides whether to approve Nestle’s request, there's a group...

6/6/2017

article Judge dismisses $200 million water lawsuit from SD tribe
(South Dakota) -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a South Dakota-based tribe that sought $200 million from the U.S. government for the diversion of Missouri River...
article 1836 treaty puts Michigan tribes at center of Nestle water bid
(Michigan) -- Native American tribes with treaty rights to natural resources north of Grand Rapids are quietly coordinating with Michigan officials who are deciding...

5/25/2017

article Tahltan, B.C. reach agreement on plan to protect 'sacred headwaters'
(British Columbia) -- The Tahltan Nation and the B.C. government have agreed on a plan to protect the “sacred headwaters” from industrial development for an...

5/16/2017

article Calif. Water District Fights To Keep Stay In Tribal Case [sub req]
(California) -- The Coachella Valley Water District asked a California federal court Monday to deny the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' motion to lift the...

5/10/2017

article Oregon's Klamath Tribes show stewardship with water call
(Oregon) -- The Klamath Tribes of southern Oregon have shown great courage in exercising a “call on the river” to protect instream flows in the rivers of the...
article Senate Passes Flake-McCain Tribal Water Bill
(Washington) -- The Senate last night passed a bill introduced by U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) to fully implement the White Mountain Apache...

5/9/2017

article Fight over water begins again
(South Dakota) -- Gena Parkhurst testified before a regional Environmental Agency Protection judge Monday that it was contaminated water Parkhurt’s mother drank in...

5/3/2017

article In last-minute move, legislators remove money to implement tribal water compacts
(Montana) -- It seemed simple enough: Cut $200,000 from the annual budget for a team of water compact negotiators who had completed their job and sent the deal to...
article Local defenders of clean water receive help from a hero in their field
(Pennsylvania) -- “Water is life": A group of Bucks County residents wants you to know that. About 20 of them gathered Wednesday in Newtown Borough, playing...

5/1/2017

article Menominee River makes new listing
(Wisconsin) -- The Superior Watershed Partnership and eight Native American tribes have successfully nominated the Menominee River to the organization American Rivers as...

4/30/2017

article Tribal chairman defends water call
(Washington) -- Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribal Council, isn't shy about defending the water claims made by the Tribes to divert water on the Williamson...

4/19/2017

article Robison to represent tribes on Watershed Enhancement Board
(Oregon) -- Jason Robison, natural resources director for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, will be the tribal representative on the Oregon Watershed...
article Tribal water call: ‘Devastating’
(Washington) -- The call on water by the Klamath Tribes will be devastating economically for the cattlemen in the Upper Basin, affected ranchers said Tuesday. The Tribes...

4/18/2017

article Blackfeet Tribal Members Prepare for Historic Water Compact Vote on April 20
(Montana) -- After decades of negotiations, years of legislation, and approval from Montana and the United States, Blackfeet tribal members will vote on the Blackfeet...
article Blackfeet tribal members to vote on water compact
(Montana) -- Members of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe are scheduled to vote this week on a water compact that has been decades in the making. If tribal members approve the...

4/7/2017

article Dam construction on reservation for rural water system encounters problems
(Arizona) -- The White Mountain Apache tribe encountered some roadblocks with the construction of the dam to create a reservoir that will deliver potable water to...

4/5/2017

article Closure of Navajo Coal Plant Raises Questions about Water Rights
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Generating Station near Page is slated to close in 2019. That raises questions about what might happen to the water the plant currently draws...

3/29/2017

article Water agencies will ask Supreme Court to hear tribe’s groundwater case
(California) -- The Coachella Valley’s largest water agencies announced Wednesday that they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether the Agua Caliente...
article Ak-Chin Indian Community files a lawsuit over water rights
(Arizona) -- The Ak-Chin Indian Community has filed a lawsuit against Central Arizona Water Conservation District over water rights. The tribe is asking a federal court...

3/28/2017

article Feds announce 18 First Nations wastewater, drinking water upgrades
(Thunder Bay) -- The federal government says 18 northern Ontario First Nations are getting upgrades to water and wastewater infrastructure. In a statement released...

3/22/2017

article B.C. First Nation latest to take control of water problems
(British Columbia) -- A small but growing number of First Nations are finding unique ways to tackle a huge problem. For decades, First Nations have been plagued by a...
article Tribes’ Federal Water Rights Include Groundwater—But How Much?
(California) -- The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that federal reserved water rights held by Indian tribes extend to groundwater underlying reservation lands. Determining...

3/17/2017

article First Nations in Alberta 'encouraged' province will spend $100M on safe drinking water
(Edmonton) -- 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...

3/10/2017

article Tribes score big water rights win with Agua Caliente ruling
(California) -- Local tribes are cheering a recent ruling that could strengthen their claims to groundwater supplies, a potentially game-changing decision that could...
article Blackfeet Tribe schedules meetings for upcoming Water Compact vote
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribe has scheduled a series of community meetings to discuss the Water Compact and Water Rights Settlement. The meetings are part of a...

2/22/2017

article 'Excited over the simple things': First Nation enjoys turning on the taps after 10 years without clean water
(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. "My mom told me...
article Tribe launches campaign to educate voters
(Montana) -- In an effort to raise awareness among tribal members of the impacts and benefits of the Blackfeet Water Compact, the Blackfeet Nation is launching an...

2/15/2017

article Indigenous water solutions: 2 steps forward, 1 step back
(Canada) -- Cleaning up drinking water in Indigenous communities appears to be a case of two steps forward, one step back, according to new government numbers. There are...
article Oglala Sioux sue Army Corps of Engineers over water rights
(South Dakota) -- Fearing contamination of its drinking water, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has entered the legal fray against the Dakota Access pipeline. Attorneys working...

1/30/2017

article Southern Ute tribe seeks to manage reservation water quality
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency to manage its own water quality standards program, which holds unknowns...

1/29/2017

article Southern Ute tribe seeks to manage reservation water quality
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency to manage its own water quality standards program, which holds unknowns...

1/26/2017

article Century old tribal water dispute will be settled soon
(California) -- A lawsuit that has gone on so long that most of those who initiated it are dead, will be settled very, very soon, possibly this week. For Bo Mazzetti,...

1/11/2017

article Chippewa Cree seek action following water crisis
(Montana) -- The cancellation of a boil order is a cause for celebration among the roughly 2,000 people on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation who’ve had to...
article Rocky Boy secures funding for water system upgrades
(Montana) -- The water system on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation has secured funding for much needed upgrades. All residents on the Rocky Boy’s Indian...

1/9/2017

article EPA lifts boil order on Rocky Boy’s Reservation
(Montana) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has lifted a boil order for drinking water on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.

1/8/2017

article EPA Final Report: Water Back to Pre-spill State
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its final report on the Gold King Mine spill, supporting earlier conclusions that water quality in...

1/5/2017

article Lummi tribe, Whatcom dairies sign ‘historic’ water agreement
(Washington) -- Seven Whatcom County dairy farms are teaming up with the Lummi tribe to try to improve water quality and re-open shellfish beds. Lummi Nation leaders say...

1/4/2017

article Pueblo of Laguna Granted Federal Authority to Protect Water Quality
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting the Pueblo of Laguna authority to administer its own water quality standards and certification...

1/3/2017

article Havasupai Tribe files two lawsuits fighting for water rights
(Arizona) -- In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution mandating safe water a fundamental human right. In the United States, the world’s...

12/29/2016

article Boil order in effect for some residents on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation
(Montana) -- Nearly 2,000 residents on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation will remain under a boil order for another two weeks until water service is restored....
article Thousands without clean water on Rocky Boy
(Montana) -- Thousands of people on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation still have no clean water after multiple pipes broke last week. 14 residential pipe breaks and...

12/28/2016

article Tribe official faces criminal charges in Flint water investigation
(Michigan) -- A tribal official from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has been charged for making false claims and circumventing funds in connection with...
article Broken pipes lead to unusable water on Rocky Boy's
(Montana) -- About half the residents of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation are receiving bottled water after several water pipes broke last week.

12/27/2016

article Broken pipes lead to unusable water on Rocky Boy's
(Montana) -- About half the residents of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation are receiving bottled water after several water pipes broke last week.
article Havasupai have their day in court
(Arizona) -- In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution mandating safe water a fundamental human right. In the United States, the world’s...

12/22/2016

article Tribal Council issues statement on Blackfeet water rights settlement
(Montana) -- As many of you know from recent media reports, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act was approved by Congress on Dec. 9, after decades of work by many...

12/20/2016

article Obama Signs Bill That Officially Ends Southeast Oklahoma’s Tribal Water Fight
(Oklahoma) -- President Barack Obama on Friday signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which passed the U.S. Senate in the wee hours Saturday...

12/19/2016

article President signs bill including historic Oklahoma water agreement
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama has signed the federal legislation that includes approval of the historic agreement giving tribes a role in managing...

12/14/2016

article Havasupai lawsuit a first for the tribe
(Arizona) -- The lawsuit filed last week by the Havasupai Tribe seeking to halt groundwater withdrawals near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is the first time the...
article Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through the Republican-controlled Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the...

12/7/2016

article California case could set national precedent on Native Americans' water rights
(California) -- A California federal appeals court is expected to rule soon in a water rights case pitting the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians against the state...

12/6/2016

article Federal Appeals Court to Determine Tribal Reserved Rights to Groundwater
(California) -- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will soon determine whether the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has a federal reserved right to groundwater in...

12/2/2016

article Desert Water Project Would Threaten Tribes' Sacred Lands
(California) -- The Old Woman Mountains stretch from the sandy desert floor to rocky peaks that brush the sky, more than 5,000 feet above sea level. These mountains...

12/1/2016

article Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe says Indian water treaty, defense bill should clear Congress soon
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Jim Inhofe expressed optimism on Wednesday that a historic Oklahoma water agreement will be sent to the president before Congress adjourns for...

11/30/2016

article EPA, BIA, and Choctaw Nation Celebrate Safer Drinking Water at Jones Academy
(Texas) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Choctaw Nation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) recognized Jones Academy for successfully addressing...

11/29/2016

article California Case Could Set National Precedent on Indian Water Rights
(California) -- The Agua Caliente tribe in Palm Springs argues it has a right to groundwater. Stanford law professor Barton H. “Buzz” Thompson explains how a...

11/28/2016

article U.S. Government sued by Crow Creek tribe for $200 million
(South Dakota) -- About 270 river-miles downstream from the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, a South Dakota Native American tribe is quietly fighting for $200...

11/25/2016

article Chaco Canyon: Reckoning with water through time
(New Mexico) -- Solitary is one of the few good ways to describe Chaco in November. Two years ago, I made my first trip to Chaco Culture National Historic Park. It was...

11/16/2016

press release San Carlos Apache Tribe and Tribal Utility Authority to bring nine drinking water facilities into compliance
(Arizona) -- The San Carlos Apache Tribe and the San Carlos Apache Tribal Utility Authority have agreed to bring nine of their drinking water systems into compliance...

11/15/2016

article Blackfeet Nation water deal on agenda as Congress returns to work
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawmakers are back in Washington, D.C., after an extended election break and time is running out for Indian Country to advance its agenda. With just...

11/13/2016

article Crow Creek tribe sues U.S. government for $200 million
(South Dakota) -- About 270 river-miles downstream from the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, a South Dakota Native American tribe is quietly fighting for $200...

11/11/2016

article Drinking Water on Indigenous Land: More Violations, Less EPA
(USA) -- Tribal drinking water utilities and wastewater treatment plants are far less likely to be federally inspected or receive enforcement despite more violations...

10/28/2016

article Colorado River Indian Tribes Sign Water Deal To Alleviate Drought
(Arizona) -- A deal between a coalition of tribes and the Lower Colorado Region of the Bureau of Reclamation aims to address concerns over drought and water levels in...

10/26/2016

article Oglala Sioux Tribe members get reliable livestock water
(South Dakota) -- It’s from the small swell of a windswept prairie hilltop on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that a herd of cows suspiciously eyes a tire-ringed...
article Calif. Tribe Can Develop Own Water Quality Standards: EPA
(California) -- A California Native American tribe will now have the ability to develop its own water quality standards within its reservation under the federal Clean...

10/17/2016

article How One California Tribe Is Coping With Drought
(California) -- The La Jolla of Luiseño Indians have seen their wells shrink dramatically because of California’s ongoing drought. Robin Cabrera explains how a...

10/15/2016

article Why 5 states will reduce salmon, trout stocking in Lake Michigan
(Michigan) -- States adjacent to Lake Michigan have agreed to cut back on stocking the lake with chinook salmon and lake trout over the next two years. The Lake Michigan...

10/11/2016

article Local tribe discusses concerns about the current quality of water
(Michigan) -- A water crisis has affected the residents of Flint for more than two years. The 2005 Oil Spill in the Kalamazoo River has residents uneasy about their...
article Millbrook First Nation water symposium focuses on community
(Nova Scotia) -- Rosalie Labillois is taking a few days off from her studies at St. Thomas University to learn from elders this week. The 19-year-old from Eel River Bar...

10/5/2016

article Hundreds of residents outside of Red Rock without clean drinking water
(Oklahoma) -- Hundreds of people are without clean drinking water in a community just outside of Red Rock in northern Oklahoma. On Sept. 23, the Oklahoma Department of...

10/4/2016

article Ottawa promises new treatment plant for reserve plagued by brown water
(Nova Scotia) -- The federal government is promising to build a new treatment plant at a First Nation in Cape Breton, where residents say their tap water is brown, thick...
article Search for new water source on Potlotek First Nation begins soon
(Nova Scotia) -- The drilling of test wells could begin in a matter of days to locate a new source of clean drinking water for the people of Potlotek First Nation in...

10/1/2016

article Get your own water, Oregon timber firm tells California town
(California) -- Residents of Weed, including the current mayor and three former mayors, say the water was always intended for municipal and domestic use and should not...

9/30/2016

article Eskasoni to provide bottled water for Potlotek First Nation
(Nova Scotia) -- First Nations communities are stepping in to assist Potlotek as it struggles with its water emergency. Eskasoni First Nation is delivering 20,000 litres...

9/21/2016

article Nestle Water Bottling Plan Draws Protest — Even After It's Voted Down
(Oregon) -- Last May, it looked like voters had stopped the Nestle corporation from putting a water-bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge. But four months later,...
article Tribal Member Fasts in Salem to Protest Gov. Brown's Nestlé Policies
(Oregon) -- A group of tribal members, citizens from the Columbia River Gorge and throughout the state gathered on the Capitol steps today to support Anna Mae Leonard, a...
article Tribe member going without food, water in Nestle protest
(Oregon) -- A local tribe member is going without food or water for five days in front of the Oregon State Capitol to protest Nestle’s continued plans to bottle...

9/16/2016

article US Senate approves Blackfeet water settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate has approved a $420 million water rights settlement with Montana's Blackfeet American Indian tribe as part of the larger Water...
article Tribal sovereignty at forefront; Water settlement secures tribes’ historic standing
(Oklahoma) -- The Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations recently announced that they have reached a water rights settlement with the State of Oklahoma and the City of Oklahoma...
article These Are the Forgotten Victims of the West's Drought
(Nevada) -- Last summer Nevada was so dry that rancher Darryl Brady grabbed a shovel and hacked into a dusty pit, once a lush spring that gurgled onto fields thick with...

9/15/2016

article Hualapai say proposed water deal could benefit tourism in the state
(Arizona) -- The chairman of the Hualapai Tribe told a Senate committee Wednesday that a proposed 70-mile, $173 million water project would lay the groundwork for...
article U.S. Senate Approves Blackfeet Water Compact
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate authorized the Blackfeet Water Compact on Thursday as part of the Water Resources Development Act. The compact, which has been put...

9/9/2016

article Inhofe Pledges to Fast-track Oklahoma’s Tribal Water Deal Through Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Oklahoma officials and the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations spent 5 years hammering out a deal to share control of water across southeast Oklahoma, but...

9/1/2016

article Tribe applauds settlement of lawsuit over Wind River channel
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Tribe is applauding a legal settlement that calls for a Fremont County irrigation district and its former manager to restore the...

8/30/2016

article Assembly of First Nations urges Canada to invest in safe drinking water
(Canada) -- The Assembly of First Nations is calling on the government to invest immediately in First Nations’ access to clean drinking water after a Globe and...

8/29/2016

article Pii Paash concerned about reclaimed water on Gila River land
(Arizona) -- A deal to trade Colorado River water for reclaimed water to irrigate fields on the Gila River Indian Community has been the source of a months-long battle...

8/26/2016

article Settlement of long-running water dispute nears
(California) -- The path is being cleared for Congress to finally approve a settlement in glacially-paced litigation over water rights to the San Luis Rey River. This...

8/23/2016

article City leaders seeking later deadline for tribe's participation in low-water dam
(Oklahoma) -- City leaders want to give the Muscogee (Creek) Nation more time to consider contributing money for a south Tulsa dam on the Arkansas River. They plan to...

8/22/2016

article Utes awarded $9 million grant to upgrade water system
(Colorado) -- The Ute Mountain Ute tribe has been awarded $9 million to upgrade water infrastructure and wastewater facilities on the reservation.

8/18/2016

article Federal Indian Water Rights still remain unclear
(California) -- Anza and Aguanga developers are still trying to have the 9th District U.S. Court judge lift a stay on a 10-year-old court case that will determine how...
article Not all of tribe on board with agreement for reclaimed water
(Arizona) -- A deal to trade Colorado River water for reclaimed water to irrigate fields on the Gila River Indian Community has been the source of a months-long battle...
article With Water Settlement Inked, Tribes Now Selling The Details Back Home
(Oklahoma) -- After five years of confidential negotiations, the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations have reached an agreement with the State of Oklahoma over water in...

8/17/2016

article Historic Deal Settles Oklahoma's Long Battle With Tribes Over Water Rights
(Oklahoma) -- Calling the moment historic and defining, Oklahoma City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of an agreement that will nearly double the city...
article Irrigators to appeal compact ruling
(Montana) -- Following last month’s decision by a Lake County district judge that upheld most of the state-ratified water compact with the Confederated Salish and...
article State, feds argue over tribe water rights
(Maine) -- The fight over who has oversight of Maine tribal waters remains contentious as the state continues its two year-old lawsuit against the federal government....
article Utes are awarded a $9 million grant for water upgrades
(Utah) -- The Ute Mountain Ute tribe has been awarded a $9 million federal grant to upgrade its water infrastructure and wastewater facilities on the reservation.

8/15/2016

article First Nation taking matters into own hands while waiting on Trudeau to fix water woes
(Canada) -- The Sturgeon Lake First Nation in central Alberta was put on the boil water advisory list the day the Trudeau government was elected into power. But for the...
article Tribes concerned about farm impacts on water
(Idaho) -- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are planning a two-year water-quality study that could result in new restrictions on nearly 30,000 acres of reservation land...
article Irrigators to appeal water-compact ruling
(Montana) -- Following last month’s decision by a Lake County district judge that upheld most of the state-ratified water compact with the Confederated Salish and...
article Tribe concerned about reclaimed water on Gila River land
(Arizona) -- A deal to trade drinking water for reclaimed water to irrigate fields on the Gila River Indian Community has been the source of a months-long battle between...

8/14/2016

article Mutual respect evident in Oklahoma water rights agreement
(Oklahoma) -- AN agreement reached among officials from the state, Oklahoma City and two American Indian tribes ends what many expected would be a lengthy and costly...

8/10/2016

article Indian tribes, Oklahoma reach deal on water rights dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Negotiators for two Indian tribes and the state of Oklahoma said Wednesday they have reached a settlement that would end a modern-day water rights and...

8/9/2016

article Chandler pays $43 million for some of Gila River tribe's water
(Arizona) -- Chandler expects to run out of developable land in the city by 2030, but a key need to reach that is more water. The city recently secured enough to handle...
article Seminole Tribe Challenges Water Standards
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed a legal challenge against controversial new state water-quality standards, arguing they don't adequately take...
article Feds Look To Remove 'Biased' Judge From Water Rights Suit [sub req]
(Nevada) -- The federal government moved to recuse the latest Nevada federal judge to oversee its 92-year-long lawsuit to establish water rights to serve the Walker...

8/8/2016

article Youth protest over tainted water in Grassy Narrows
(Manitoba) -- A group of young people protested in Kenora today demanding the cleanup of their local river, which has been contaminated with mercury for decades. Sharice...

8/4/2016

article CSKT Water Compact, federal settlement legislation completes first step in congressional ratification process
(Montana) -- The CSKT Water Compact and the federal settlement legislation seeking to resolve the claims of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes against the...
article Calif. Water Agency Tells 9th Circ. Tribal Fee Rule Hurts [sub req]
(California) -- A California water agency urged the Ninth Circuit Wednesday to revive its suit challenging a federal rule barring states from collecting fees from hotels...

8/2/2016

article Montana tribes get $70K to research water project
(Montana) -- The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation have been awarded $70,000 to study the feasibility of updating and expanding the tribes...

8/1/2016

article Tribal communities strive to protect water quality
(Washington) -- Water warriors from tribes across the Great Lakes region are preserving an important relative. It’s water – a resource so important that...

7/29/2016

article Sask. First Nation water project gets $4.53M boost from Ottawa
(Saskatchewan) -- The federal government will give $4.53 million towards a major water project in Saskatchewan. Ralph Goodale, minister of public safety and emergency...
article Whitecap Dakota First Nation expanding water treatment plant
(Saskatoon) -- The federal and provincial governments are joining forces with the Whitecap Dakota First Nation to expand a drinking water and waste water treatment plant...

7/28/2016

article Muskoday First Nation declares emergency over water supply
(Saskatchewan) -- After four days of being shut off from its normal supply of water due to an oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River, the Muskoday First Nation has...

7/23/2016

article Tribe "content" with Flathead Compact ruling
(Montana) -- Leaders of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are "content" with a ruling which overturned a portion of the Flathead Water Compact. Lake...

7/21/2016

article Flathead Water Compact Likely To Survive Wednesday's Ruling
(Montana) -- The controversial Flathead Water Compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes remains largely intact following a judge’s ruling Wednesday...
article Judge strikes small portion of Flathead tribal water compact
(Montana) -- A state judge Wednesday struck down a portion of state water-rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, but let the rest of the...

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