Water thieves or water saviors?


If you missed Paul VanDevelder’s essay “This house of thieves” in the March 1st HCN go to your recycling stash now, reclaim that issue – it’s the one with the machine gunner on the cover - and read the essay. Or you can read it online. In the article VanDevelder explores the settlement agreement that ended a decades-long federal lawsuit over unpaid royalties for mineral extraction on Indian reservations.

The case is known as Cobell after Eloise Cobell, the Blackfeet tribal member and community organizer who initiated it in 1994. Over the years, Cobell grew to become one of the largest and most complex class action lawsuits ever involving the claims of indigenous Americans against their “trustee” – the U.S. government.

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