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Chapter 1: The Water Protectors


In the spring of 2020, the Southern Nevada Water Authority dropped its plan to pump hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of groundwater from Eastern Nevada and pipe it 300 miles south to Las Vegas. Opponents of the plan, including several Native tribes, believed the project would have depleted precious water sources. There were many efforts to stop that project in the decades it was on the table. In this episode, we look at one that was by Indigenous people for Indigenous people: a 330-mile prayer run inspired by similar events objecting to the Dakota Access Pipeline and the reduction of Bears Ears National Monument.

Sharing their stories in this episode are Beverly Harry, Dine; Dustin Martin, Dine; and Rupert Steele, Confederated Tribes of the Goshute.

Some audio courtesy Justin and Aimee McAffee, Filmmakers, Great Basin Water Protectors (2019)