February 11, 2007

No water for Indians

The Documentary “Waterhaulers.”  Watch it Online.  Then Do SomethingLate last year, New Mexico PBS station KNME produced Waterhaulers, a documentary about the 70,000 residents of the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region who have been waiting decades for the most basic modern service. Running water. Clean, safe water to drink, use for cooking, bath their children.

Seventy thousand American citizens living on ancestral lands denied access because of erstwhile “rights” about who “owns” the water that’s been running beneath their feet for thousands of years. It sounds incredulous, but like many seemingly unbelievable things in life, it’s totally true.

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