Local activists joined with Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Tribe members to protest the destruction of a Tribal burial site. The protestors claimed that the sites were destroyed during the state’s border wall construction.
On Saturday, March 28, 2020, we lost Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) Board Member Richard Elias. He passed away in his sleep. His death was sudden and shocked us all. We are heartbroken and his loss is deeply felt.
Arizona’s driest regions have become a battleground for an increasingly limited groundwater supply. Out-of-state companies, drawn to Arizona by cheap land and lax water pumping regulations, have spent decades over-mining the state’s groundwater.
Although Congress and the White House have assured Americans of a plan to invest in drinking water pipes and sewage treatment plants, both rural and urban communities are for now relying on existing loans and grants. Meanwhile, drinking water costs are rising, albeit incrementally.
A new study demonstrates that drinking arsenic contaminated water can lead to future heart problems in young Native Americans. Arsenic, a toxic metal, can be found in contaminated groundwater.