Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'water'

Sen. Barrasso opposes Crow water settlement bill

A bill to settle the water rights of the Crow Tribe of Montana faces continued opposition from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the new vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Barrasso is concerned about the effect of the bill...

EPA lifts boil water order on Omaha Reservation

The Environmental Protection Agency has lifted a boil water order on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska. A failure in the water system in the town of Macy prompted the order in January. The EPA said tests showed the supply to...

Interior ignored science for Grand Canyon water

The Bush administration ignored scientific evidence by limiting water flows in Grand Canyon National Park, The Washington Post reports. Last year, the Interior Department hailed a five-year "experiment" to restrict high water flows on the Colorado River. But internal...

Sen. Kyl: White Mountain Apache deal a win-win

"Water is and always will be our most precious resource in the Southwest. Control of water rights has fueled seemingly endless and intractable disputes among competing interests. That’s why resolving water rights claims is so important. It is surely one...

Senate passes Navajo Nation water settlement

The Senate passed an omnibus public lands bill that includes a water rights settlement for the Navajo Nation. The tribe will receive 600,000 acre-feet of water per year from the San Juan River in New Mexico. The deal authorizes an...

White Mountain Apache Tribe reaches water deal

The White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona has reached a settlement over its water rights. The tribe will receive 27,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Salt River and the Little Colorado River and 25,000 acre-feet per year of...

Navajo water settlement in omnibus lands bill

The Navajo Nation water settlement is part of the omnibus public lands bill being considered by the Senate. The deal resolves the tribe's water rights on the San Juan River in New Mexico. The tribe will receive 600,000 acre-feet per...

EPA issues boil water order for Omaha Reservation

The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering residents of a city on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska to boil their water until further notice. The EPA said a failure in the water system in Macy could pose a health threat to...

Pechanga Band announces tentative water deal

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians announced a tentative settlement to its water rights in the Santa Margarita River Basin of California. The tribe and the Rancho California Water District reached the agreement with the help of the Interior Department,...

No Navajo water settlement in lame-duck session

Efforts to settle the water rights of the Navajo Nation will resume in January during the 111th Congress. The tribe's settlement was included in a major water and public lands bill that never came up during the lame-duck session. The...

Navajo water settlement included in lands bill

A bill to settle the water rights of the Navajo Nation is included in a major water and public lands bill that could be considered by the lame-duck Congress. The bill resolves the tribe's claims on the San Juan River...

Billy Frank: Act now to protect water resources

"Rockfish are part of the bounty that the Pacific Ocean has always provided for the Indian tribes along the Washington coast. Fish, shellfish, marine mammals and other marine life have been staples of our diets and economies for as long...

Tribes hail near completion of Animas-La Plata dam

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Southern Ute Tribe and the Navajo Nation took part in a ceremony on Thursday to mark the near completion of a dam for the Animas-La Plata Project. Congress approved the plan to settle...

White Mountain Apache water bill sent to Bush

The White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona will be able to plan a clean water system under a bill that has been presented to President Bush. The Senate unanimously passed S.3128 on September 25. The House passed the bill in...

Durango Telegraph: Watering the Navajo Nation

"The Animas-La Plata project’s little brother has broken ground downstream. Construction is currently under way on the Navajo Nation Municipal Pipeline, a new water supply for impoverished areas of the Diné Nation, southwest of Farmington. In an unusual twist,...

House Resources hearing on three Indian bills

The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water and Power, holds a hearing this morning to consider four bills. Three of the bills on the agenda affect tribes. They are: H.R. 883, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Angostura Irrigation Project Modernization...

Bush threatens veto of Pueblo water rights bill

President Bush is threatening to veto a bill to settle two long-running Pueblo water rights disputes in New Mexico. S. 3381 contains two components. One would settle the water rights of Tesuque, Nambe, San Ildefonso and Pojoaque pueblos and the...

Editorial: Navajo Nation deserves clean water

"What modern luxury has become so integral to our daily lives that it barely deserves the title? Running water. You can rest assured that any time you turn a knob or faucet in Farmington, you will be met with...

House passes bill to study Tule River Tribe reservoir

The House passed H.R.2535, the Tule River Tribe Water Development Act, on Monday. The bill authorizes $3 million for a study of a reservoir that would benefit the Tule River Tribe. Not enough water was secured for the tribe when...

Indian Affairs Committee hearing on three bills

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing this morning on three bills. The hearing starts at 10:30am and will be broadcast online at http://indian.senate.gov/public/webcast.ram. It focuses on three bills: 1) S. 3128, White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win EPA approval for water

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho won Environmental Protection Agency to develop its own water quality standards. The tribe will develop a program affecting all waters within the Fort Hall Reservation. The tribe won't have regulatory and enforcement powers, an EPA...

Witness list for Indian Affairs Committee hearing

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing on Thursday on three bills. The bills are 1) S. 3128, White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Loan Authorization Act; 2) S. 3355, Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2008;...

Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will take up three bills at a hearing on Thursday, September 11. The bills are: 1) S. 3128, White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Loan Authorization Act; 2) S. 3355, Crow Tribe Water Rights...

Gila River Tribe plans for a healthier future

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona believes a water rights settlement will return the tribe to a healthier way of life. Long before the arrival of Europeans, the tribe cultivated crops using a complex system of irrigation canals....

Editorial: Success for Mni Wiconi water project

"Piping water hundreds of miles across the South Dakota prairie never will be easy. When you think about it, it's a wonder that water pipelines work at all. Case in point: The Mni Wiconi project set out two decades ago...

Mni Wiconi project reaches Pine Ridge Reservation

Tribal, state and federal officials will celebrate a milestone in the $450 million Mni Wiconi water project on Wednesday. The ceremony marks the completion of a pipeline that delivers water from the Missouri River to the Pine Ridge Reservation. "It's...

Kempthorne to speak at Soboba Band's golf club

Law enforcement and state officials say the Soboba Reservation in southern California is too dangerous but that's not stopping a member of President Bush's Cabinet from speaking there on Friday. Technically, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will appear at the golf...

Soboba water rights settlement signed into law

A bill to settle the water rights of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians of California was signed into law on Thursday. H.R.4841, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act of 2007, provides $29 million and up to 2...

Bill provides $527M to settle Crow water rights

A bill to settle the water rights of the Crow Tribe of Montana was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday. S.3355, the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act, provides $527 million to improve water systems on the reservation. It ensures...

Soboba Band water bill still waiting on Bush

A bill to settle the water rights of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians could be signed by President Bush soon. The H.R.4841, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act of 2007, provides $29 million and up to 2...

Soboba water settlement cleared for White House

A bill to settle the water rights of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is ready for President Bush's signature. H.R.4841, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act of 2007, ends a 75-year-old lawsuit over water rights in southern...

Yankton Sioux Tribe challenges hog farm water permit

The Yankton Sioux Tribe is asking state and federal officials to review a water permit for a hog farm in Charles Mix County, South Dakota. The tribe opposes the proposed farm, citing impacts on health and the environment. But since...

White Mountain Apache Tribe near dam settlement

The White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona is reportedly near a settlement that would finally allow a dam to be built on the Fort Apache Reservation. The tribe has been seeking the dam for decades. Concerns over the loach...

Funding bill advances Navajo water rights project

The Senate is considering an appropriations bill that includes $1 million to advance a component of the Navajo Nation water rights settlement. The money would be used to finalize an environmental impact statement for a pipeline in New Mexico. The...

High Country News: Taos Pueblo shares water

"Indo-Hispanos have lived side-by-side with Taos Pueblo Indians since the early 1600s. Following the great Pueblo Revolt of 1680, they’ve mostly gotten along. Water, of course, cares nothing for jurisdictional boundaries or cultural differences. It follows its own course, flowing...

Bill includes funds for South Dakota water project

The 2009 Interior appropriations bill includes funds for the Mni Wiconi Rural Water Project in South Dakota. The House version appropriates $28.24 million for the project. A version being considered in the Senate appropriates $27 million. The project will bring...

Nisqually Chair: A partnership for clean water

" For centuries, Indian people across this great country have respected and cared for water, one of our planet’s most precious natural resources. This long-standing tradition has evolved sophisticated systems of sustainable resource management focused on maintaining a very...

First Nation leaders face ouster over unpaid bills

Members of the Roseau River First Nation of Manitoba are seeking to oust their chief and council over a slew of unpaid bills that caused the reserve to lose water service this week. Chief Terry Nelson knew the water was...

NCAI opposes water pumping project in Nevada

The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution to oppose a controversial water pumping project in Nevada. NCAI acted on the requests of Nevada tribes who say the pumping will dry up their water sources. The project would send...

Water service restored to First Nation in Manitoba

Water service was restored to the Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba on Wednesday. The Pembina Valley Water Co-operative shut off service on Tuesday, citing four months of unpaid bills. Most homes on the reserve, along with some businesses,...

Citizen Potawatomi Nation gets water service deal

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma won approval to provide water service in Pottawatomie County over the objections of some local governments. The tribe is the only one in Oklahoma with its own water district. The tribe provides service to...

First Nation in Manitoba loses water service

Correction: The Roseau River First Nation is based in Manitoba, not Saskatchewan as incorrectly reported in the first version of this post. Indianz.Com apologizes for forcing the band to move during the water crisis. The Roseau River First Nation of...

House passes Soboba Band water settlement

The House passed H.R.4841, the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Settlement Act, by a voice vote on Wednesday. The bill resolves a long-running dispute between the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians and water users in California. The courts recognized the...

Editorial: Nisqually Tribe helps plan for future

"The city of Olympia and the Nisqually tribe have entered into a memorandum of understanding calling for the creation of a Nisqually well field that could supply water by 2012. Under the agreement, Olympia's longtime water source, McAllister Springs, will...

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