Tag Archives: Tribal

Arizona tribal water rights bill all but “dead”

In my prior post on this bill (click here), I wondered why a tribe would give up all future water rights for this bill to pass. That did not seem plausible to me, and I guess the tribe also realized that it was not a good deal for them…. 

“A bill that would have allocated $350 million for three drinking-water projects on the Hopi and Navajo reservations is nearly dead, according to sources on both sides of the proposal.”

Click here for the news article….

Why should Arizona tribes ever extinguish ancestral rights to water?

The Kyl-McCain bill (S. 2109) introduced in the Senate February 14, 2012 looks like just another pork-barrel fleecing of the Navajo Nation and other tribes…..Why should tribes permanently waive and extinguish aboriginal and ancestral rights to water?

Click here for the tribal perspective…..

Arizona Tribes want assurance on water deal: “….you can’t drink paper water…”

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is attempting to shepherd an American Indian water rights settlement through Congress ahead of his planned retirement.  

An $800 million agreement must be cut down…..but will the final agreement be equitable? Click here for the news article….

Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians (CA) given $11 million for water projects

Part of a 2008 agreement between the tribe, federal government, local and regional water suppliers……$11 million goes to tribe for water infrastructure upgrades and $10 million to two local water districts for groundwater restoration and recharge projects….click here for more….

Passamaquoddy Tribe, Maine to build water bottling facility

A new bottled water facility is expected to cost $25 million and create 96 full time jobs….click here….

CDC: Dental Caries in Rural Alaska Native Children — Alaska, 2008

This study concludes that tooth decay is higher in rural Alaska. Click here for a news article discussing this study by the State of Alaska and CDC.

The study itself (click here) states:

“Dental caries severity was greater in nonfluoridated villages. Children from nonfluoridated villages had 1.2–2.9 times higher mean dft or DMFT than children from fluoridated villages and 1.2–3.1 times the mean number of decayed teeth. Children from the Alaska region had 1.5–4.5 times the number of dft or DMFT than same-aged U.S. children and 1.6–9.0 times the number of decayed teeth. On age-adjusted bivariate analysis, only lack of water fluoridation, increased soda pop consumption, and infrequent brushing of teeth were significantly associated with dental caries severity in primary and permanent teeth (all p-values <0.05).”

Lack of water fluoridation is implicated,

“Dental caries severity was greater in nonfluoridated villages. Children from nonfluoridated villages had 1.2–2.9 times higher mean dft or DMFT than children from fluoridated villages and 1.2–3.1 times the mean number of decayed teeth. Children from the Alaska region had 1.5–4.5 times the number of dft or DMFT than same-aged U.S. children and 1.6–9.0 times the number of decayed teeth. On age-adjusted bivariate analysis, only lack of water fluoridation, increased soda pop consumption, and infrequent brushing of teeth were significantly associated with dental caries severity in primary and permanent teeth (all p-values <0.05).”