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Ninth Circuit Berates Federal Judge, Reassigns His Case

The Ninth Circuit berated a district court judge as it overturned a series of lower court decisions on Tuesday, bringing clarity to a complex water rights issue in northern Nevada. Rebuking U.S. District Judge Robert Clive Jones, a three-judge panel overturned two separate cases involving water rights on the Walker River, reassigning one of them due to doubts about Jones’ impartiality.

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10/15/2018

article Orca survival may be impossible without Lower Snake River dam removal, scientists say
(Washington) -- Leading killer-whale scientists and researchers are calling for removal of four dams on the Lower Snake River and a boost of water over the dams to save...

10/12/2018

article Trial Under Way In Long-Running Northern Arizona Water Case
(Arizona) -- A trial over water rights is under way in one of the longest-running court cases in Arizona history. The case will determine who has rights to water from...

9/29/2018

article With water shortage looming, Arizona officials look to reach Colorado River drought deal
(Arizona) -- With reservoir levels falling along the Colorado River, Arizona’s top water officials say they are making progress in talks toward a set of agreements...

9/25/2018

article Yurok Tribe, Watershed Center implement Heli-Wood Project on South Fork Trinity River (sub req)
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe and the Watershed Research and Training Center, in partnership with Columbia Helicopters and others, is implementing a history-making...

9/19/2018

article Appeals pour in over ruling against Las Vegas pipe water plan
(Nevada) -- The appeals are piling up over a recent state decision blocking the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s plans to pipe groundwater from Eastern Nevada.

9/14/2018

article Authority To Appeal Key Las Vegas Pipeline Water Rights Ruling
(Nevada) -- Water officials aren't giving up a nearly 30-year effort to get state approval to pump groundwater from arid valleys just west of the Utah state line and...

9/11/2018

article Hopi Tribe trial to adjudicate water rights begins
(Arizona) -- The first in a series of trials looking at water rights for the Hopi Tribe starts on Tuesday, but experts close to the case expect the results to take a...

8/31/2018

article Latest: Tribes gain more leverage over Western water
(USA) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, in California’s dry Coachella Valley, relies on a rapidly dropping aquifer. In 2013, the tribe sued the...

8/29/2018

article Tribal elder raises river restoration awareness
(Michigan) -- When the Brown Bridge Dam was being removed from the Boardman River in Traverse City in October 2012, Hank Bailey, a tribal elder from the Grand Traverse...

8/28/2018

article At water-starved Lake Mead and Lake Powell, 'the crisis is already real,' scientists say
(Arizona) -- With Lake Mead dropping to levels that could trigger water cutbacks in less than two years, there's been a lot of talk lately about negotiating a deal...
article OP/ED: Montana legislative committee urges federal approval of CSKT Water Compact
(Montana) -- The uncertainty and expense that would be prevented by implementing the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (“CSKT”) Water Compact is one...

8/22/2018

article Fishermen, tribal members, and enviros band together to advocate more water flow
(California) -- A coalition of environmental organizations, Northern California Indian tribal members, and commercial and sportfishing organizations held a press...
article Fishermen, tribal members and conservationists push for increased flows on San Joaquin River
(California) -- “We must restore our rivers if we are going to have clean water and fish into the future,” said Morning Star Gali, Tribal Organizer for Save...

8/21/2018

article Begaye addresses framework for Little Colorado River water rights settlement
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye met with Interior Department representatives Aug. 16, to discuss the framework for a settlement of Navajo water...
article Phoebe Suina on Preserving Tribal Water Rights
(New Mexico) -- There are a lot of smart cookies in Indian Country, and Phoebe Suina, sole owner of Native-Owned, Woman-Owned High Water Mark LLC, is one of them....

8/17/2018

article Federal government settles lawsuit over 'wild and scenic' California rivers
(California) -- Under a new legal settlement, the federal government has agreed to present plans to protect eight California rivers and streams that Congress designated...
article What's happening with WOTUS
(Washington D.C.) -- Which streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act? As of Thursday, the answer depends on where you’re standing. After a South...

8/16/2018

article Vital Colorado River reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming
(Colorado) -- A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage...

8/14/2018

article Feds Move To Expand State Role in Wetland Permitting
(Washington D.C.) -- For more than three decades, states and Native American tribes have had authority to issue permits for construction and dredging in wetlands and...
article Marlboro Native American Music Series Focuses on Water Rights
(New York) -- The 2016 and 2017 Dakota Access Pipeline protests brought awareness of the rights of Native Americans and the environmental threats to clean water at the...

8/11/2018

article Rafters, anglers worry as Colorado’s famed white water becomes low water
(Colorado) -- In the state known as the “mother of rivers,” the third-warmest and driest period in more than a century is wreaking havoc on waterways that...

8/8/2018

article EPA reconsiders Washington state’s contentious water rules
(Washington) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering water quality standards it approved for Washington state two years ago, taking up a review requested...

8/3/2018

article Who owns the aquifer?
(California) -- California's Coachella Valley may be ground zero for a new chapter in water rights for Native American tribes, according to a new Stanford study...

8/2/2018

article Are you sure about that drink? An era of less water and more people
(Colorado) -- Between growing populations and a changing climate, water sources in the West are only expected to get more crunched. Communities in some very dry states...

7/31/2018

article After two years, Congress OKs bill to let Apache move on water project
(Washington D.C.) -- The House gave final approval July 23 to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water...

7/30/2018

article Columbia River Treaty Negotiators Ask For Patience Ahead Of Further Talks
(Oregon) -- The U.S. and Canadian governments have scheduled a second and third round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. The 54-year-old treaty...

7/29/2018

article State water plan imperils Chicken Ranch tribe’s plan to use land for agriculture
(California) -- Tribal Secretary Linda Mathiesen, 24, looks at the sprawling piece of land across Highway 108 from the tribe’s Chicken Ranch Casino and sees an...

7/27/2018

article State water plan imperils Chicken Ranch tribe’s plan to use land for agriculture
(California) -- Tribal Secretary Linda Mathiesen, 24, looks at the sprawling piece of land across Highway 108 from the tribe’s Chicken Ranch Casino and sees an...

7/26/2018

article After 15 years on a boil advisory, the Semiahmoo First Nation is finally getting potable water
(British Columbia) -- The Semiahmoo First Nation — which has been on a boil water advisory for the past 15 years — has finally struck a deal that will...
article B.C. First Nation hopes to make splash in bottled water business
(British Columbia) -- A small First Nation in B.C. is hoping to make a big splash in the bottled water business. The Uchucklesaht Tribe has launched an artesian brand of...
article B.C., U.S. negotiators want big changes to Columbia River Treaty
(British Columbia) -- Canadian and U.S. negotiators are wading into a maze of conflicting interests as they prepare to “modernize” the Columbia River Treaty...

7/23/2018

article After two years, Congress OKs bill to let Apache move on water project
(Washington D.C.) -- The House gave final approval Monday to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water...
article 'It's just not right': Indigenous coffee company tackles water issues
(Ottawa) -- A coffee venture in Ottawa is working to provide clean water for Indigenous families across Ontario. A portion of the proceeds from each bag that Birch Bark...

7/21/2018

article The Klamath conflict / Water war along California-Oregon border pits growers against tribes, family against family
(California) -- As one of the tensest fights for water in the West closes in, residents in this town along the rural California-Oregon border are moving out. The...
article Interior Secretary Zinke visits reservoirs, signaling federal interest in water fight
(California) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke paid a visit Friday to two reservoirs that are embroiled in an intense fight over water allocations in the Northern San...

7/19/2018

press release Udall Leads Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Water Rights Bills
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading a...

7/18/2018

article Montana Lawmakers Ask Zinke For Help Passing Water Compacts
(Montana) -- A state legislative committee is asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to work with Montana’s Congressional delegation to finalize a handful of water...

7/11/2018

article Gilbert Seeks Tribal Water To Secure Its Future
(Arizona) -- Gilbert is one step closer to securing a new water supply for the town. Town Council last month approved a 100-year water lease with the San Carlos Apache...

7/10/2018

article The EPA's Clean Water Act and Understanding VGP
(Washington D.C.) -- For years, the EPA had adopted a policy of broadly exempting discharges into the water that were incidental to normal operation of vessels. That...
article Maine, EPA, Tribes Spar Over Water Quality Rules
(Maine) -- The state of Maine is locked in a legal battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a pair of American Indian tribes about the way clean water...

7/9/2018

article San Carlos Apache eye diversion project, worry over water levels
(Arizona) -- Even fewer people attended Saturday’s scoping meeting in San Carlos, Ariz., for the proposed New Mexico Unit diversions of the Gila and San Francisco...

7/8/2018

article Maine, EPA, tribes spar over water quality rules
(Maine) -- The state of Maine is locked in a legal battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a pair of American Indian tribes about the way clean water...

7/7/2018

article Lake Nighthorse water makes it to western La Plata County
(Colorado) -- The long-awaited vision of Lake Nighthorse supplying water to the parched, water-strapped western part of La Plata County is finally coming to fruition....

7/4/2018

article Long-term drinking water advisory lifted for Sask. First Nation after 4 years
(Saskatchewan) -- A long-term drinking water advisory which had been in effect since August 2013 on the Big Island Lake First Nation was lifted last week, more than four...

7/2/2018

article TASIN calls on Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Toni Atkins, and other elected officials to put a stop to the Cadiz Water Project.
(California) -- A water project that should have been laughed out of the boardroom two decades ago still threatens the California Desert. Unfortunately, the proposed...

6/28/2018

article Nestlé Offered Permit To Continue Taking Water From California Watershed
(California) -- The U.S. Forest Service has offered Nestlé a three-year permit to continue drawing millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest.
article Arizona commits to drought plan for Colorado River
(Arizona) -- Arizona water officials committed Thursday to reach a multi-state plan by the end of the year to stave off Colorado River water shortages, or at least...

6/26/2018

article Klamath farmers, ranchers get 2018 operations plan
(Oregon) -- It may be several months late, but farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Project finally know just how much water is available for the 2018 irrigation season...

6/23/2018

article A lot of water (and money) has gone down the river since 1964 for the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
(California) -- A civil lawsuit by the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, which is seeking monetary damages against the United States for water the tribe was going to use for...
article Suit filed after water official blocks Coyote Springs construction
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s top water regulator is blocking construction of the master-planned community at Coyote Springs because he says there isn’t enough water...

6/20/2018

article Long-term drinking water advisory lifted at Miawpukek First Nation
(North Canada) -- Everyone in Canada deserves access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water. The Government of Canada is committed to ending all long-term drinking...
article Miawpukek First Nation drinking water advisory lifted after nearly 4 years
(North Canada) -- A long-term drinking water advisory for the community of Miawpukek First Nation has been lifted. The advisory, which had been in effect since September...

6/18/2018

article State appealing Navajo water rights ruling – although it favors the result
(New Mexico) -- State government recently got a big legal victory when the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld a landmark water rights settlement with the Navajo Nation.

6/17/2018

article A tough issue calls for working together, especially if its water
(Oregon) -- A few weeks ago we had an editorial that cited efforts to work together as one of the better points in an otherwise depressing water year.

6/14/2018

article Montana's Blackfeet tribe, Zinke put water deal into effect
(Washington D.C.) -- Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday put into effect a $471 million settlement of water rights claims that was...

6/11/2018

article Klamath water users argue tribes’ lawsuit filed in wrong court
(California) -- The Klamath Water Users Association, Sunnyside Irrigation District and California farmer Ben DuVal are seeking to have the Klamath Tribes’ lawsuit...

6/5/2018

article Skeptical tribal leader: 'Water is life to everyone on earth'
(Idaho) -- Shoshone-Paiute tribal leaders who traveled from Duck Valley for today’s signing ceremony between Idaho and the EPA on water pollution said they’...

6/3/2018

article First Round of Treaty Talks Wrap Up on Columbia River
(Washington) -- The first two days of negotiations on modernizing the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada wrapped up last week as the neighboring countries...
article Renewing the Columbia River Treaty: A once-in-a-generation chance to address river health
(Idaho) -- Last week, the United States and Canada began formal negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. The 54-year-old treaty has done much good, but like...

5/28/2018

article Columbia treaty talks start 70 years after '48 flood
(Washington) -- A very different kind of Memorial Day observance precedes an international debate starting this Tuesday. On Memorial Day Monday in 1948, what became...
article Talks to revise the Columbia River Treaty to begin Tuesday
(Washington) -- Talks are scheduled to begin this week in Washington, D.C., to modernize the document that coordinates flood control and hydropower generation in the...

5/27/2018

article 9th circuit ruling on Walker Lake puts far reaching water rights issue before Nevada Supreme Court
(Nevada) -- In 1902, a rancher by the name of Henry Miller — known as the “Cattle King of the West” — brought a lawsuit against Thomas B. Rickey, a Nevada farmer,...

5/26/2018

article Ute Indian Tribe and townsite of Myton approve joint venture to market water
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and the city of Myton, Utah have approved a joint venture agreement for the marketing of water in the...
article Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West
(New Mexico) -- Tens of thousands of people on the Navajo Nation lack running water in their homes. But that could change in the coming years, as the Navajo-Gallup Water...
article Canada's coolest summer job mixes adrenaline with reconciliation
(Nunavut) -- Canada's Coast Guard is about to open something it's never had before — an inshore rescue boat station in Canada's North. The high-speed...
article Klamath Tribes sue to protect endangered suckers
(Oregon) -- The Klamath Tribes are suing three federal agencies over management of endangered shortnose and Lost River suckers in Upper Klamath Lake.

5/25/2018

article Farmers and Ranchers: Long-delayed tribal water compact deserves our support
(Montana) -- Water rights are the cornerstone of our agricultural economy. Without certainty, protection for existing water right holders, and a plan to define the...
article Tribes and First Nations say they’re being excluded from Columbia River Treaty negotiations
(Washington) -- Indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada say they’re being excluded from negotiations for a new Columbia River Treaty, which kick off next week....
article Peterborough-Kawartha's Indigenous candidate for MPP names water quality as one of his top priorities
(Ontario) -- His face is well recognized around the downtown core of Peterborough, Ont., whether on stage with a guitar or behind the bar of the Garnet scheduling local...

5/24/2018

article Tribes File Suit in Next Chapter of Klamath Lake Water Dispute
(Oregon) -- In yet another chapter of the ongoing dispute over water distribution along the Klamath River, the Klamath Tribes announced on Thursday that they have filed...

5/23/2018

article Colvilles say tribes are being excluded from Columbia River Treaty negotiations
(Washington) -- American Indian tribes should be part of the negotiations for a new Columbia River Treaty with Canada, the chairman of the Colville Confederated Tribes...
article US, Canada To Open Renegotiations Of Columbia River Treaty Without Tribal Presence
(Washington) -- The United States and Canada next week will begin the official process of re-negotiating the Columbia River Treaty, which expires in 2024. The 1964...
article Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West
(Indian Country) -- Tens of thousands of people on the Navajo Nation lack running water in their homes. But that could change in the coming years, as the Navajo-Gallup...
article Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West
(USA) -- Tens of thousands of people on the Navajo Nation lack running water in their homes. But that could change in the coming years, as the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply...

5/22/2018

article Ninth Circuit Berates Federal Judge, Reassigns His Case
(Nevada) -- The Ninth Circuit berated a district court judge as it overturned a series of lower court decisions on Tuesday, bringing clarity to a complex water rights...

5/10/2018

article OP/ED: CSKT water compact outlasts false attacks
(Montana) -- In the past few months, judicial and regulatory bodies alike have concluded that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact is unquestionably...

5/8/2018

article Tribe declares moratorium on Nestle bottled water products
(Michigan) -- The Sault Tribe Board of Directors unanimously voted at its May 1 meeting to oppose the expanded groundwater withdrawal permit for Nestle waters of North...

5/7/2018

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe and WATER File Lawsuit To Stop Waste Discharge at Mt. Shasta Water Bottling Facility
(California) -- It’s a gorgeous warm day in September 2015. Small cascades of cold, pristine water rush out of the hillside at Big Springs, the headwaters of the...

5/5/2018

article More than 100 wild horses died of thirst in Arizona desert amid drought
(Arizona) -- Off a northern Arizona highway surrounded by pastel-colored desert is one of the starkest examples of drought's grip on the American Southwest: Dozens...

5/4/2018

article Dayton threatens to veto bill to nullify wild rice water standard
(Minnesota) -- Gov. Mark Dayton has warned lawmakers he’ll veto a bill to nullify the state’s wild rice water quality standard if it reaches his desk without...
article Colville Tribes Granted Rights To Manage Tribal Water Resources
(Washington) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Colville are celebrating an expansion of their sovereign rights. The federal government has granted them jurisdiction over...

5/3/2018

article Navajo Nation: More Than 100 Horses Apparent Victims of Drought
(Arizona) -- Dozens of horses have died on tribal land in northern Arizona, apparently after getting trapped in a muddy stock pond as drought grips the region. Navajo...

5/1/2018

article Senate votes to nullify Minnesota wild rice water standard
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Senate voted 38-28 Monday to nullify a water quality standard that’s meant to protect wild rice, a food central to the culture and...

4/30/2018

article Senate votes to nullify Minnesota wild rice water standard
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Senate voted 38-28 Monday to nullify a water quality standard that’s meant to protect wild rice, a food central to the culture and...

4/28/2018

article Topock residents get update on PG&E remediation project
(California) -- Dave Covington cares about water. “I’ve been to all the meetings about all the water issues,” Covington said. “I was most...

4/26/2018

article The House passes a bill limiting water for salmon
(Washington D.C.) -- On April 25, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would override a federal district court decision mandating dam operators spill more...

4/25/2018

article Water Leases at Heart of Recall Vote Within Arizona Tribe
(Arizona) -- Members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes are considering whether to recall their chairman and council members. Water is the source of the strife. The...
article Testing The Water, Connecting To The Everglades: Miccosukee Students Take Part In April Water Study
(Florida) -- For the Miccosukee tribe, the Everglades has been home for about 200 years: ever since ancestors of today's tribe members were forced south from Alabama...

4/23/2018

article Australia: Indigenous Mining Town Residents Demand Blood Tests After Lead Found in Water
(Australia) -- Indigenous residents in the Northern Territory mining town of Borroloola are calling on the Health Department to blood test families, amid revelations...
article Water leases at root of recall effort on Colorado River Indian Reservation
(Arizona) -- The Mojave Indians call themselves Pipa Aha Macav — “The People by the River.” The Colorado River is the economic and spiritual heartland...

4/22/2018

article Why so few people on Six Nations reserve have clean running water, unlike their neighbours
(Ontario) -- For years, Dawn Martin-Hill couldn't drink the water that comes out of her tap without boiling it first. She's lived on the Six Nations of the Grand...

4/20/2018

article Flake urges support for bill that includes WMAT water project
(Arizona) -- Arizona Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake on Monday urged Senate colleagues for their support of S.140, his legislation to clarify the White Mountain Apache...

4/13/2018

article 'They Distract And Try To Point Fingers' Over Mine Wastewater, EPA Says Of Critics
(Colorado) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fired back Thursday after a mining company accused the agency of failing to run a southwestern Colorado treatment...
article Southern Ute Indian Tribe to create sovereign water quality standards
(Colorado) -- More and more, Native American tribes across the country are taking the lead on implementing their own air and water quality standards, highlighting a...
article Tribal trailblazer Rodney Lewis, a force behind landmark water settlement, dies at 77
(Arizona) -- When Rodney Lewis was little, he watched his parents, Sally and Roe Lewis, survive droughts on tribal lands that left their crops to wither. His father, an...

4/9/2018

article 'It's our lifeblood': the Murray-Darling and the fight for Indigenous water rights
(Australia) -- When the water levels of the Darling river fall, local elders in Wilcannia, New South Wales, say, the crime rate spikes, particularly juvenile crime.

4/4/2018

article What’s the true cost of clean drinking water for Canada’s First Nations?
(Manitoba) -- Every day a member of the Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation drives 70 kilometres from Lake Winnipeg’s western shore to a store in Dallas/Red Rose, Man. to...
article Drinking water advisory active since 2009 among 8 lifted on Prairie First Nations
(Saskatchewan) -- Eight drinking water advisories affecting Prairie First Nations, including one active since August 2009, were lifted last month by the federal...
article March 2018 continues progress on lifting long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve
(Saskatchewan) -- The federal government remains steadfast in its commitment to ending all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by March 2021.

4/3/2018

article EPA Approves Southern Ute Indian Tribe's Application To Implement Water Quality Standards Program
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s application to assume responsibilities associated...

3/27/2018

article First comment filing round ends – Many sound off about Pensacola Project relicense
(Oklahoma) -- The first round of official public commentary to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for Grand River Dam Authority’s (GRDA) relicensing...

3/26/2018

article What the Government Spending Bill Means for Water
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government’s fiscal year is half over, and we finally have a spending bill for the remainder of the year. It took a couple...

3/22/2018

article OP/ED: For millions of Americans, lack of access to water isn't just a drought problem
(California) -- The 4 million residents of drought-stricken Cape Town, South Africa, have held Day Zero at bay. Their water-saving efforts appear to have kept the city's...

3/21/2018

article Hoopa Opposes the Westland’s Drainage Bail Out By Ryan Jackson
(California) -- The Trinity River water that had sustained the Hupa people’s fishery and 10,000 year-old economy, culture and religion now supplies industrial...

3/19/2018

article EDITORIAL: Congress must reject Westlands settlement as unjust to Hoopa tribe
(California) -- The Trinity River water that had sustained the Hupa people’s fishery and 10,000 year-old economy, culture and religion now supplies industrial...

3/13/2018

article First World country? Northern Ontario First Nation now has clean drinking water after 14 years
(Ontario) -- A First Nation in northwestern Ontario that had been under a boil-water advisory for 14 years now has clean water with the opening of a new treatment plant...
article Off-project water users suggest solutions to Klamath water problems
(Oregon) -- An advisor to the Secretary of the Interior meets with off-project water users in Klamath Falls. Alan Mikkelsen serves as a senior advisor to Interior...

3/12/2018

article Ute Indian Tribe Sues the United States Alleging Mismanagement of the Tribe’s Water Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation has commenced litigation against the United States of America for its role, as the trustee...

2/28/2018

article Water districts challenge judge in Navajo settlement
(New Mexico) -- Water districts in northern New Mexico sought to disqualify a state judge Tuesday and overturn a major settlement with the Navajo Nation in a simmering...
article Navajo Nation issues new emergency drought declaration
(Arizona) -- Dry conditions and the prospect of limited precipitation later this year have forced officials on the nation's largest American Indian reservation to...

2/27/2018

article Water districts challenge judge in Navajo settlement
(New Mexico) -- Water districts in northern New Mexico sought to disqualify a state judge Tuesday and overturn a major settlement with the Navajo Nation in a simmering...

2/23/2018

article CRIT recall is about water rights, council responses
(Arizona) -- Tribal water rights are at the center of an effort by two members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) to recall the entire CRIT Tribal Council. Tim...

2/20/2018

article Water restored to Box Elder-area villages
(Montana) -- Water was restored over the weekend to more than 100 Box Elder homes that were without it for about a week because of cold weather that froze pipes. "...

2/16/2018

article Seeking solutions
(Oregon) -- Klamath Irrigation District Board President Ty Kliewer believes there is more that the Lost River and shortnose suckers need in the long term than just...

2/14/2018

article Broken pipes cause hundreds to lose water on Rocky Boy's Reservation
(Montana) -- Nearly 200 homes are without running water on the Rocky Boy's Reservation after a cold snap broke pipes last week. Yellowstone Public Media reported...

2/12/2018

article BLOG: Supreme Court Action Leaves Water Rights Muddy
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal court in California ruled a 1908 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established federal lands, including Indian reservations, have a legal...

2/8/2018

article First Nations gathering in Vancouver want better water legislation, safe drinking water
(British Columbia) -- In a conference room at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, more than 200 people sat around tables with white linen napkins and jugs topped with ice...
article What factors lead to First Nations boil water advisories? Recent study mines the data
(Ontario) -- A recent study offers insight into the range of factors that must be considered as the federal government pursues its goal of eliminating long-term boil...
article Ottawa's promise to fix First Nations water crisis still falling short: report
(Ottawa) -- The federal Liberal government gets mostly "glass half-empty" ratings on its work toward fixing long-standing First Nations water woes, in a new...

2/4/2018

article Feds say CAP district illegally favoring development over tribes
(Arizona) -- The agency that runs the CAP is setting aside Colorado River water for new development that by all rights should go to the Tohono O’odham and other...

1/27/2018

article First Nations on back-end of water list hope Liberal promises don't run dr
(Ontario) -- A little more than a week before Robert Nault was replaced as Indian Affairs minister by the Paul Martin Liberal government, his office faxed a letter to...

1/25/2018

article Sask. gov't and Quill Lakes group 'conspired to fast-track' diversion project: First Nation chief
(Saskatchewan) -- The chief of the Pasqua First Nation has responded with equal parts exasperation and suspicion to news that a controversial plan to redirect Quill...

1/17/2018

article Fighting to Win: the Haida's Advice to Water Protectors in the U.S.
(Canada) -- Between April of 2016 and February of 2017, thousands of Water Protectors and their allies faced off against police agencies, private security firms, and the...
article Kretz proposes bill to address Hirst water decision
(Washington) -- State Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, has introduced a bill to address the Hirst water decision. Kretz, the House Republican deputy leader, “The One...

1/16/2018

article Feds Immune To Claim In Ariz. Tribal Water Row, Judge Says [sub req]
(Arizona) -- A federal judge on Friday granted the federal government’s bid to toss an Arizona water district’s claim against it in a dispute over the...
article Washington lawmakers hear Hirst bill favored by tribes
(Washington) -- Washington tribes and environmental groups endorsed a bill Monday that would limit withdrawals from new wells to 350 gallons a day, monitored by...

1/13/2018

article New water treatment plant 'definitely coming' for Potlotek First Nation after years of brown water
(Nova Scotia) -- The Mi'kmaq community of Potlotek in Nova Scotia has signed documents to begin construction on a new water treatment facility after decades of...

1/12/2018

article Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache water bill sidetracked in partisan fight
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to provide desperately needed water project funding for the White Mountain Apache tribe was expected to pass easily this week, but instead...

1/10/2018

article Some remote Manitoba First Nations slated to get high-speed internet still don't have drinkable water
(Manitoba) -- More than 100 rural communities and remote First Nations are likely to get speedier internet by 2019, but some of those very communities continue to...

1/9/2018

article Suquamish Water Protector Speaks out for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at Golden Globe Awards
(Indian Country) -- Shailene Woodley is one of the eight actresses joined by a female activist at the Golden Globes tonight, and she is joined by Calina Lawrence, an...

1/6/2018

article EDITORIAL: We hope irrigators find some common ground in talks with the Tribes
(Oregon) -- It was no surprise when Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the termination Dec. 28 of an agreement aimed at settling water issues between the...

12/27/2017

article OP/ED: Another challenge to OKC water deal
(Oklahoma) -- IT'S probably a good thing Oklahoma City officials figure it'll be at least 15 years before they will need to begin using a new source of water...

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,...

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