A local water district recharge facility in the the Coachella Valley. A local Indian tribe sued to stop water districts from replacing natural aquifer groundwater with lower-quality, more adulterated water from the Colorado River.
In what could be a significant decision concerning groundwater rights in California, a federal court panel has affirmed that an Inland Empire-area Indian tribe does have rights to groundwater supplies below its lands. More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.
An 1,100 mile long pipeline being built by Texas-based Dakota Access is slated to carry 470,000 barrels of oil daily through treaty lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. Although mainstream media has not provided much coverage of this story, the tribe has been protesting the pipeline and attracting support from American sympathizers and native people across the continent. The Standing Rock Sioux argue that they were not adequately consulted on the project and claim the construction and pipeline will endanger water supplies and damage culturally-sensitive sites on ancest
Much of the desert resort city of Palm Springs is built on land owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. For decades, the relationship between the tribe and the city and its residents has been cooperative and friendly. Recently, though, a rift has developed between tribal officials and Palm Springs architectural preservationists over the fate of some iconic mid-century modern buildings owned by the tribe. KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.