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Frozen Navajo Nation Declares State of Emergency Over Damage-Induced Water Shortages

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- 1929 days ago -
The Navajo Nation is facing such severe water shortages due to frozen waterlines, run-down water storage containers and weather-damaged water systems that President Ben Shelly has declared a state of emergency for the reservation.

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Sue H (7)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 7:29 pm

pam w (139)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 7:53 pm
We'll ALL be in this situation before long!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 8:47 pm
water has always been a problem since diversions began, uranium pits filled with rain which was used for drinking, and now this.

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:00 pm
Noted. Every year I get letters from pine ridge Sioux reservation about people freezing to DEATH.
a common native American reservation tragedy.

Diane B (275)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:49 pm
thanks for posting this dear

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 12:17 am
Tasunka M. said it

Care member (1)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 1:19 am

paul m (93)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:10 am


Giana P (398)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:44 am
A real tragedy and should be addressed.

Sam E M (0)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 3:15 am
Clean water is essential. The Navajo Nation surely are enduring and resourceful, but they shouldn't have to put up with this for so long.

Christeen A (368)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 3:57 am
Please do everything you can to help these people. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 4:10 am

Tania Koshman (7)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 4:20 am

Syera N (7)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 4:55 am
Noted. Thanks Cal!

Ro H (0)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 5:00 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 5:21 am
Thanks for sharing.

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 7:13 am
I feel especially bad for the children, the elderly, and the animals. Why is it that we are so quick to send disaster relief around the world and yet these people have been allowed to remain in this state? Are they last on the list?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 9:39 am
Being in a state of emergency does not sound like too much fun.

Natalie V (27)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:21 pm

Deborah G (1)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 4:12 pm
This is ridiculous. The oil companies can find water for their drilling. Why can't they be required to provide replacement water for residents of the areas where they are drilling?

Deborah G (1)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 4:14 pm
Unbelievable! The oil companies can find water for their drilling rigs. Why can't they be required to return usable, drinkable water to the people whose water they are depleting?

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 6:38 pm
Everyone needs access to clean fresh water. A very appalling and unjust situation.
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