Water is the backbone for all people. The Winter's doctrine is the backbone of water law in the United States and it clearly indicates what is well known to everyone, that Native Americans have always had the right, hence "prior use", since time began. In the future, we will see science, which is still working at it, introduce evidence that, maybe, current Native American were/have not been the users all along. Think Kennewick, etc. This is also a reason why historians/anthropologists continue to try to disconnect us from our past, with words, like they "disappeared", "prehistoric" and so on. This can be used in a future court proceeding as evidence of our "recent" arrival and therefore, trump our creator given water rights. In Arizona and the greater southwest, water is wasted to no end, and politicians on every level continue to try and wrestle water from Native Americans. The latest fiasco was, led by Sen. McCain, Sen. Kyle and Ken Salazar. It should also be mentioned Sen Kyle is retired now and Salazar is due to be ousted. McCain will follow. In their last ditch efforts to repay or get more pay from their corporate friends, they attempted to steal water rights and secure a power company's future in six months. Water is worth billions of dollars, ask California, and is the new economy for future Native Americans. We must protect it for our future and for all living beings, at ANY cost.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 11:30