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Great Plains tribes hold conference to safeguard water rights






The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance met last week in Rapid City, South Dakota. Photo from Facebook

The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance hosted a conference last week to discuss water issues.

Tribal leaders in South Dakota discussed uranium mining, the Keystone XL Pipeline, federal management of the Missouri River and other threats to their water resources.

“They are totally disregarding our treaty rights,” Dennis “Charlie” Spotted Tail, a council member for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said at the meeting, referring to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported.

Members of the alliance will be asking Congress to hold a hearing on water issues in Indian Country.

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S.D. tribes gather to talk about ensuring water rights (The SIoux Falls Argus Leader 7/29)