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Water Is Life: Inside the Struggle over Access to Water in Indian Country


September 10, 2020



Sponsored by: Indian Law Committee of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community
Related Community of Interest: D.C. Bar Law Student Community
Co-Sponsoring Organization:  Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

The coronavirus pandemic has focused public attention on water insecurity in Native American communities. On the Navajo Nation, for example, recent studies show that at least 15% of the population lacks access to running water. This event featured elected officials, lawyers, and members of civil society who are working to protect and realize the right to safe, clean drinking water across Indian Country through litigation, advocacy, and infrastructure development.

Bryan Newland, Chairman, Bay Mills Indian Community
Katie Brossy, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Emma Robbins, Navajo Water Project Director, DigDeep
Rose Petoskey, President, Native American Bar Association of DC (Moderator)