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Water Rights Restored, Southwestern Tribes Hope for Health Benefits

Health & Wellness  (tags: Native Americans, water rights, farming, irrigation, diet, tradition, diabetes, fast food, Native culture, Pima, Maricopa, , New Mexico, Arizona, Gila River )

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The Pima, Maricopa & Tohono O'odham communities in the American southwest are looking forward to using the water to farm for more traditional, natural foods, as obesity accompanied by diabetes devastates their health.


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RC deWinter (418)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 5:55 am
This is the largest water-rights restoration settlement in the history of the Native American peoples.

Although it will apparently be an uphill battle, tribal leaders hope to wean their people away from fast food and reservation abandonment in favor of much larger-scale farming and a healthier diet. I hope they succeed!

Joycey B (750)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 6:11 am
These people deserved this. It's about time they got it. I hope they succeed too Cate. Noted with thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 6:25 am

kat yazzie (400)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 6:28 am
OK, Cate, you've really touched a raw nerve with this one! It wasn't very long ago that I lived in Arizona on the Navajo Nation Rez (reservation) and I'm here to tell you that Big Brother and the BIA STILL breakes the treaties they make with us! They're a lot of talk and now action...we'll have to just wait and see!

kat yazzie (400)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 6:29 am
That NO action...NO action...oooops!

kat yazzie (400)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 6:31 am
FYI...Indian Reservations aren't part of the Federal Government anyway....seperate and independant Nations...

Tom M (814)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 6:38 am
Thanks Cate - I hope they succeed too!

kat yazzie (400)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 7:05 am
So far, the US Government has broken every treaty the have made with Indian Tribes...

Phyllis P (232)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 7:18 am
more godd news...thanks for the story.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 7:49 am

Faith M (161)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 7:53 am
good step in right direction- and yes the government has broken every treaty and they lie like crazy to the American public and break promises they made to get elected-seems like status quo to me-they lie to everyone near as I can tell -not just us natives.

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 8:38 am
Kat, I know what you mean. It looks good ON PAPER, but will it be implemented FOR REAL? Treaties and 'agreements' historically have YET to be honored. This is another wait and see.

Suruna WTF (38)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 9:21 am
I was intrigued by the name "Pancratious" Harvey, came up with panacea: a remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties. Fitting.

Joan Mclaughlin (133)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 9:53 am
I am praying.It is about time something good happened for our native americans.

Jeff D (80)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 11:20 am
Nya Weh Cate,

Thank you Cate for sharing this news regarding Native Peoples rights to water! If the government do honor their promise, Native American population can slowly regain a more proportionate healthy statistic for the well being and prosperity of the younger future generations. To this date, many have seen Native Americans as a menace to western society and in true fact Natives have been so brutally disrespected.

This can be seen as the real turning point in the history of humankind if the doubt of the Natives is removed by white man and honor freedom with respect to the treaties and water restoration.

Christine Mitchell (66)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 2:53 pm
i agree with you jeff... only time will tell... we must wait and see... thank you cate... another good story...:)

Tony B (0)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 3:36 pm
Thanks Cate.....very much agreed this is a good victory....finally!!

Sandy v (91)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 4:46 pm
TY Cate. I hadn't seen this yet. I too, am skeptical but hopeful. This is so dry down there and water is a lifeline. Diabetis is high on all the reservations as well as cancer. Fast food is a biggy because no one has any place else to go. Sort of a hang out for kids to meet. I will remain hopeful and when I go down, I'll make a trip and check on progress of another government promise. Hope it doesn't take 100 years to get it going. What they don't realize is Natives are going to college and learning how to beat the government at their own game. No more laying down and taking it.

. (0)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 8:37 pm
They have always made big promises to us the Native Americans but how may time's have the really came through. This is another wait and see game. Its always been take from them never give ever. They have all kinds of Holidays but do you see a Native American day? And you won't if anybody ever deserve's one its them for all they have put them through all there life. And still are. Thanks Cate

Michelle Neubert (1)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 9:21 pm
great. i hope the tribes are aware of costs of commercial farming with machinery. in the desert, the soil contains valley fever virus. symptons can be moderate flu like symptons to death. the number of cases in phoenix is about one-third of population, up from 10 percent. the increase was when the arizona aquaduct went in and farm tractors stirred up soil into dust. also the desert means wind, so as soil is plowed, the little humus in the soil is blown away.
probably ancient indian farming methods preserved the soil.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 9:28 pm
They deserve this right.
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Denice G (45)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 10:18 pm
Thanks Cate.

Tsandi Crew (95)
Monday September 1, 2008, 11:38 am
It's about damn time!

Mary H (47)
Monday September 1, 2008, 6:56 pm
Sadly,have to say I agree with Kat -- it will be a first if this, too, will not be broken.

Mike A (4)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 5:19 pm
i live in Dist. 3 and this has been a long time coming thanks

Wednesday September 3, 2008, 10:16 am

Rob S (112)
Thursday September 11, 2008, 7:31 pm
This is indeed a giant step in the right direction as long as"Gov,t"holds up their end.We shall see.
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