On the Navajo Nation, kids with the most severe developmental disabilities attend a school called Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education.
Dameon David, 8, is waking up from a nap in his classroom. He has come to the school in northeastern Arizona for four years. He has cerebral palsy, seizures and scoliosis. His mom, Felencia Woodie, picks him up from a bed with Superman sheets.
“Other schools that he was going to go to, they didn’t have the nursing staff or the equipment he goes in, or the trained staff that they have here to do his suctioning, his feeding and his medications daily,” she says.
Woodie, who also works at Saint Michael’s, says the only problem with the school is its water.
“It has a certain stench to it. Sometimes you’ll smell … kinda like a egg smell,” Woodie says. “Sometimes it’s yellow, brown, or even we’ve seen black.”
Nanotechnology developed at Stony Brook University would enable communities to produce their own water filters using biomass nanofibers. This new tech could make clean water more accessible and affordable everywhere.
Background: My church partners with a group that builds small sustainable filters that can take the nastiest water and make it safe to drink. These filters are used all over the world. We usually send groups to places like Haiti or the Dominican Republic since some of the church leaders came from there and have people they partner with. The church pays for as many as they can at a time and send people with them to install and teach maintenance to families without clean water.
A class of first graders heard about this project and they wanted to help. So without telling their teachers these six and seven year olds talked it over and brought their piggie banks in one Sunday to put together. All told they had enough to buy one family’s water filter and send it to an area recently devastated by hurricane Matthew.
Then, a girl in our youth group asked to meet with the leaders of the project. This seventeen year old gave them three thousand dollars, probably her life savings. This kid probably could have used that money for a car or college but she was insistent on helping make as many sources of drinking water safe as possible.
These are the young people that are going to inherit the world we live in: young people that care about people and about the environment. Kids that don’t care about borders, politics. They want to use the privileges they’ve been given to build others up. Guys that makes me so happy to see.
This is one of the many examples of material deprivation of Indigenous communities in the US, who also suffer from high rates of lack of electricity, no or substandard housing, violence from non-Native communities, etc.
Things like this are why I don’t trust the UN, where the US, a racist Settler colonialist state that continues to perpetrate genocide against and deny the land rights of Native peoples, and which has broken every single treaty it has ever made with Native nations, has a permanent seat on the security council. The UN has also willingly come along with US genocides and colonialism abroad as well. I don’t think it will do anything effective, other than pointing out problems to the public it is totally toothless when it comes to actual enforcement due to its very structure.
My town’s water has apparently been compromised by a “Known Contaminate” and is not currently potable. We’ve been without water since 10:30PM on Monday and are expected to remain without water for the next 36 hours. All our critters have plenty of safe, clean water to drink, I’ve stocked up on store-bought jugs for myself and my fellow humans, and we can boil additional water, if needed, so long as they don’t turn off the supply again.
Details as to why this occurred are cloudy, at best, as the city keeps switching between “a computer monitoring water pressure malfunctioned” and something about “a Known Contaminate”. When asked what that Contaminant may be, the city changes their statement again to say that there is none, and state that they are changing their wording on future press releases. So that’s a thing.
Basically, the fossil fuel industry has sent a raiding party into EPA and taken it over… I think he feels a kind of immunity from any kind of accountability because the fossil fuel industry so owns the Republican Party and so owns him.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. From @politico Morning Energy.
Clean water is essential to life – and the people of our states and the nation deserve the basic protections established by the Clean Water Rule, to ensure that the benefits of clean water are shared equally, regardless of state lines.
We won’t hesitate to protect our people and our environment—including by aggressively opposing in court President Trump’s actions that ignore both the law and the public’s paramount need for clean water.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and a coalition of attorneys general from the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Vermont, in response to Donald Trump’s executive order to start eliminating the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the United States Rule).