Spring 2022: Water For The West’s First Peoples

The Tribal Water Issue

Indigenous peoples have resided in Colorado and the Colorado River Basin since time immemorial, yet in modern times tribal nations have had to fight for access to the most fundamental of life-giving resources. Now, as negotiations commence for the next management framework for the Colorado River, defining tribal water rights is critical for the tribes and for the rest of the basin’s water users, and tribal voices are finally being heard. View a flipbook of the issue or read articles below.

Tribes Call for Inclusion on the Colorado River

April 2022 by Kalen Goodluck

A century after the Colorado River Compact was signed, Indigenous nations in the Colorado River Basin are organizing to secure quantified water rights, reliable water access, and a seat at the table in river management negotiations. Now, amid historic water shortages, and as the next river management framework is negotiated, there’s more urgency than ever. 

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Universal Access
April 25, 2022 by Jason Plautz
Nearly half the homes on Native American reservations lack clean water and sanitation, but recent federal funding, along with a plan from advocates, could be the start to long-overdue water and infrastructure upgrades.
Drought in the Forecast
by Rachelle Todea
Parched by drought conditions in 2020 and 2021, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise was forced to fallow much of its land. What will the future bring?
Tribes to Administer Their Own Clean Water Programs
by Rachelle Todea
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe will soon exercise its sovereignty and join 75 other tribes, including the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, in administering its own water quality programs under the federal Clean Water Act.