Thursday, June 15, 2006

NARF files suit on behalf of Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas to enforce water quality and quantity agreement:

On June 14, 2006, on behalf of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, the Native American Rights Fund filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in an effort to enforce express promises made to the Tribe over a decade ago by the Nemaha-Brown Watershed Joint Board # 7, the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, and the State of Kansas. A thirty-year era of unreliable water supplies on the Kickapoo Reservation has disabled the Kickapoo Tribe from providing basic municipal services necessary to protect its residents from illness, fire, and unsanitary living conditions. According to the EPA, the water quality on the reservation is so poor it is harmful to human health and unsuitable for human consumption. Read more in the press release and the complaint.

Related News Stories:

• • Water miseries spur tribes suit (Kansas City Star) 6/16/06

• • Kickapoo Tribe files suit over water quality (KMBC-TV Kansas City) 6/15/06