The Warm Springs Reservation Water Crisis is Reminiscent of Flint, Michigan


April 13, 2021

On March 30, Native News Online published an article about the water crisis on the Warm Springs Reservation, home to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs. The residents of the reservation have had to live with contaminated water for almost five years and the federal and state government has only provided “Band-Aid” fixes, according to one tribal official.

The Warm Springs water crisis reminded me of the long-lasting water crisis in Flint, Mich.

In March 2016, I was on my way to Flint to cover the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders presidential debate when I got a text that a group of Flint community leaders invited media members to a press conference on the local water crisis that was drawing national attention because of its lead-contaminated drinking water system.


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