Water Issues (Indigenous Lands)

  • A Tiny Tribe Wins Big on Clean Water: The Supreme Court rules that the Isleta Pueblo tribe in New Mexico has the right to order the city of Albuquerque to end its dumping in the Rio Grande River.  High Country News, 1998.
  • Cobble Mulch: An Anasazi Water-Conservation Gardening Technique: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual New Mexico Water Conference. Describes how prehistoric Native American agriculturalists practiced successful dryland farming on large areas of arid and semiarid lands in Central and Northern New Mexico with the technique of using gravel and/or cobbles as a mulch on the soil surface.
  • Colorado Ute Water Rights Settlement Agreement: Water Information Program. Abbreviated form. May be ordered in its entirety.
  • Drought has Navajos discussing a taboo subject - range reform: "Here [in the Southwest], where range management is complicated by traditional beliefs and dueling federal and tribal agencies, many officials see this drought as an opportunity to bring about permanent change".
  • Mni Sose Intertribal Water Rights Coalition: Assists Tribes in the protection of their rights to the use of Missouri River water, tributaries, and groundwater located on, near, and under their respective reservations.
  • Tribal Nonpoint Source Planning Handbook: Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water. Provides guidance and practical templates for tribes interested in obtaining federal funds to manage nonpoint source pollution under section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act. Specifically, it describes the 319(h) process and updates previously released section 319(h) guidance.
  • Water, waste, sour gas: Some Native tribes resist proposed projects that they believe will have a negative impact on their lands. In other areas the opposite happens. In both cases, the desire for indigenous self-government has been cited as the reason.