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Tribe’s Water Threatened, May 10, 2011

Tribe’s water threatened

I found the BDN’s May 9 story “Tribes walk to promote clean water,” concerning the 2011 Mother Earth Water Walk, inspiring and well-written. It underscores just how much most Native Americans value clean water.
Why then is there currently a plan at Indian Township to exploit its water resource by selling volumes of it on the open market through a proposed bottling enterprise? I don’t see anything sacred about that. This has all been pretty hush-hush as far as I know. Perhaps the majority of the reservation is not aware that there are test wells recently drilled on the reservation near Tomah Stream and well pipes sticking out of the ground there. Our clean water is apparently for sale.
Does the tribe really want the council to authorize the exploitation of such a valuable natural resource without the benefit of a tribal referendum? Whose water is it?
This can’t be my fight. This old man is far too old to take up the spear against the prostitution of a tribal resource. But somebody should. If you value your clean water, I would highly recommend you go to your council member and demand a reservation-wide referendum on this matter. Because you never miss the water until the well runs dry.

Indian Township

posted May 10, 2011 in the Bangor Daily News:


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