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Four Michigan Tribes Appeal Line 5 Tunnel Permit

The Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, and Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi filed notice on December 22, 2023, that they will appeal the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) recent approval of a permit for Canadian oil giant Enbridge to build the Line 5 tunnel project beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

First-of-its-Kind Tribal Water Institute

Walton Family Foundation commits 1.4 Million On November 13, the Native American Rights Fund and the Walton Family Foundation announced the creation of the Tribal Water

Court Finds Endangered Species Act Violation

The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon ruled in favor of the Klamath Tribes on September 11, 2023, finding that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation violated rights the Tribes reserved through treaty and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by allocating water in a drought year to irrigators.

Tule River Chair Testifies to Senate About Tribe’s Water Crisis

In recent years, the Tribe’s reservation has gone dry for several months each year, forcing members to shower from trucks and obtain bottled water at great expense. The settlement will secure water to be stored on the reservation as a much-needed year-round water source.

In Honor of World Water Day (March 22)

Protecting and preserving tribal water rights is a top priority for NARF. From Oregon to California to Kansas and across the Midwestern United States, many Native peoples
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