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Newsletter #12 for October 2013

Government Shutdown Impacts Tribal Communities


Rich Addicks for The New York Times

With so many programs directly administered by the federal government, is no surprise to the majority of you reading this that the current budget limbo has added to the challenges of many tribal communities. The New York Times highlights some of the effects in a report published yesterday. Read Pulling Aid Away, Shutdown Deepens Indians' Distress. The National Congress of American Indians also provides further detail on the impacts.

In Other News
* Alaska to fund innovators who can solve state's water and sewage issues - Currently, more than 6,000 rural homes lack access to running water and indoor plumbing.
* State high court rules for Swinomish in water case - The case centered around a amended rule issued by the state to allow more water withdrawals from the Skagit River.
* EPA Fines BIA for Drinking Water Violations on the Hopi Reservation - EPA found the BIA exceeded drinking water standards for arsenic and failed to properly monitor.
* EPA Awards Over $1 Million to Tribe to Protect Klamath River - The grant will support the Yurok Tribe's environmental protection activities in California for two years.


Events for Tribal Water Systems

USEPA 9 Annual Tribal/EPA Conference

October 22-24, 2013 | Lemoore, CA
Hosted by USEPA
The conference provides an opportunity for partnership and ongoing collaboration among Tribes, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal, state, and local agencies. General topics include air, water, land, grants/funding, emergency response, sustainable infrastructure, recycling, climate change, and renewable energy. The Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC) meeting will be held the day prior to the conference, on October 21, at the same facility

National Tribal GIS Conference

November 4, 2013 | Albuquerque, NM
Hosted by the National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center
The Tribal GIS Conference addresses the challenges of utilizing GIS as a tool within Tribal Governments which assist in making critical decisions for those responsible for the stewardship of their lands, resources, health and well-being of their people. The conference will explore the obstacles to coordinating legislation, budgets and other policy challenges, and present and share knowledge on good practices and innovative technologies.

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