Trailer parks on reservation riddled with problems
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs inspected three trailer parks on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California.

The EPA and the BIA found numerous health and safety violations at the three parks, which are owned by tribal members and located on allotments. Failing electrical and septic systems, unfenced sewage ponds, arsenic in the drinking water and inadequate fire protection were common, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Since they are located on a reservation, the trailer parks don't have to comply with local or state laws. But they also don't appear to be following tribal or federal standards either.

The BIA is trying to shut down a trailer parked owned by a tribal council member. The inspections were of three different facilities.

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U.S. inspectors find numerous health violations at desert trailer parks (The Los Angeles Times 10/5)

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