Items by Anna V. Smith and Mark Olalde

States opposed tribes’ access to the Colorado River 70 years ago. History is repeating itself.
States opposed tribes’ access to the Colorado River 70 years ago. History is repeating itself.
Records shed new light on states’ vocal opposition in the 1950s to tribes claiming their share of the river.
Decades after the Colorado River flooded the Chemehuevi’s land, the tribe still doesn’t have its share
Decades after the Colorado River flooded the Chemehuevi’s land, the tribe still doesn’t have its share
Nearly all of the tribe’s water remains in the river and ends up being used by Southern California cities.
Supreme Court keeps the Navajo Nation waiting for water
Supreme Court keeps the Navajo Nation waiting for water
The court case was the Nation’s bid to accelerate decades of fruitless negotiations and secure water for its reservation.
How Arizona squeezes tribes for water
How Arizona squeezes tribes for water
A High Country News/ProPublica investigation shows that Arizona goes to unusual lengths in water negotiations to extract restrictive concessions from tribes.
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