Water is life. A threat to water is a major threat to human health. This a narrative that unites all three of the case studies presented in my website. The website also portrays how water-related crises that involve Native Americans have both many similarities as well as differences. As discussed in the three case studies, water is a contested topic and debates over who should have access to it take multiple forms based on who is interacting with it and who has power. Many Native Americans have and still are demonstrating their right, which is their own, with regard to fighting the power structures that continuously restrict their access to safe and uncontaminated water. The three case studies show a vivid history, much of which is uncovered and silenced by mainstream media, and shows the length at which people are willing to go in order to protect the health and autonomy of present and future generations. These efforts depict how many Native Americans, both past and present, are fighting for environmental justice for all people.

Until Native Americans have access to quality water and health, the struggle for environmental justice is not over. The three water crises discussed throughout this website are only three of the many cases in which access to water and land based decisions have been repeatedly taken from indigenous peoples. Understand what role you play in contributing to  water justice and what actions you can take to advocate for Native American and other marginalized groups of people when it comes to water related issues.

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