Standing Rock’s Fight for Water


By Kat Thompson:

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota has faced media attention, police brutality, fear of contaminated water, and the harsh reality of the U.S. government’s treatment of indigenous tribes because of the proposal of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Capitalists have accused the tribe of protesting the pipeline for no reason, tortured and told to back down, and have made history by refusing to stop protecting their rights to clean water. (more…)

Water: The Flow of Life in Cherokee History


By Nichole Sparks:

Water is a sustaining element for the survival of the human race. For indigenous communities the struggles to obtain and possess natural resources like water have been a continuous battle throughout history. With technological advances, these struggles to possess water have changed as people are less dependent on primitive ways of obtaining water and more focused on creating clean water access and ownership for communities. The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma have faced struggles with ownership and possession of water over the years; (more…)

Pueblo Water Crisis in New Mexico


By Jason Pruett:

The Pueblos have suffered the white settlers’ occupation since their first arrival in the Four-Corners region.  Since that time settlers and the United States government have continually taken their land and natural resources.  Nothing has been done to stop this treatment of the Pueblos.  To this day, the New Mexico government and non-natives extract the Pueblos’ precious water supply.  The Pueblos most affected by this are the Nambé, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque.  (Bossert & Armstrong, 2009) The Pueblo are still in litigation against the state government in their battle for clean water. (more…)

Glen Canyon Dam Controversy


By Rhianna Pierce:

Throughout American history, the Navajo have faced many land and water battles with the government. One of the biggest trials they have faced has been over the Colorado River. The Navajo have some of the oldest claims to the Colorado River, while also holding the largest claims to the water (Walton). One of the most important struggles they have been facing is over the Glen Canyon Dam. The Glen Canyon Dam has caused problems with the Rainbow Bridge, which is sacred to the Navajo. This can been seen in the history of the Glen Canyon Dam and the Rainbow Bridge, the sacredness of the Rainbow Bridge to the tribe, and what the government is doing to support or oppose the tribe. (more…)

Neskantaga’s Water Crisis



By Michael Novotny:

The Neskantaga First Nation Tribe of Canada has lacked clean water for more than twenty years, and they are not alone in their struggles. As of February 2017, there were eighty-one First Nations communities that were on the list of drinking water advisories set by Canada. The twenty year water quality issue of the Neskantaga has been acknowledged by Canada but little has been done and that needs to change. (more…)