How Nestlé is using a Native American tribe's land to get away with draining California dry

An eye-opening video from AJ+ has us asking, "How is this happening?"

You might be most familiar with Nestlé as the company behind some of the world's tastiest cavity-inducing chocolate treats.

You know, like these brands.


But did you know that they're also the company behind seven (yes, seven) different brands of bottled water in the U.S.?

Count 'em: Ice Mountain, Poland Spring, Deer Park, Zephyrhills, Ozarka, Arrowhead, and good ol' Nestlé PureLife.

The number of brands alone seems a bit excessive, but hey, that's just me.

And while I could get into a long-winded rant about the evils of bottled water, complete with pictures of garbage island, I'm here to tell a different story.

See, California is going through a bit of a drought — and I mean "a bit" in the sense that my beloved Chicago Cubs' 107-year World Series drought is "a bit" of a losing streak.

(This is our year! Or maybe next? Or the one after that?)



But seriously, it's bad out there.

This is a water basin. I kid you not.

As luck would have it, Nestlé owns a few bottled water plants right in the state — and they know how to drill from the desert. California is saved, right? Wrong!

Rather than keep the water for local use, Nestlé is bottling it and selling it all around the country.

I know, I know. The idea of removing water from an area that is literally in a state of emergency due to a drought is almost Dickensian cruelty.



Humbug!

At this point, I thought to myself, "OK, OK, I'm sure the state can hop in there and tell Nestlé to stop sending water out of state, right?" Wrong.

Because one of Nestlé's bottling plants is located here, the state is powerless.

Why? Because that land belongs to the Morongo Native American tribe (Nestlé leases it from them), meaning that they're not obligated to follow local rules.

At another of their Los Angeles-area plants, located in the San Bernardino National Forest, Nestlé simply hasn't bothered to renew necessary operating permits.

Now, Nestlé says its water-sourcing methods are sustainable, though some have questioned the accuracy of those claims.

So unless Nestlé wants to have to change their logos to this:

They should stop sending what little water California has out of state, and use their corporate powers for good.

Check out Dan Ilic's AJ+ report below, and be sure to check out The Desert Sun's coverage of the California water crisis.

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On an old episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in July 1992, Oprah put her audience through a social experiment that puts racism in a new light. Despite being nearly two decades old, it's as relevant today as ever.

She split the audience members into two groups based on their eye color. Those with brown eyes were given preferential treatment by getting to cut the line and given refreshments while they waited to be seated. Those with blue eyes were made to put on a green collar and wait in a crowd for two hours.

Staff were instructed to be extra polite to brown-eyed people and to discriminate against blue-eyed people. Her guest for that day's show was diversity expert Jane Elliott, who helped set up the experiment and played along, explaining that brown-eyed people were smarter than blue-eyed people.

Watch the video to see how this experiment plays out.

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Valerie Anglemyer, a middle school teacher with more than 13 years of experience, says it can be difficult to create engaging course work that's applicable to the challenges students face. "I think that sometimes, teachers don't know where to begin. Teachers are always looking for ways to make learning in their classrooms more relevant."

So what resources do teachers turn to in an increasingly fractured world? "Joining a professional learning network that supports and challenges thinking is one of the most impactful things that a teacher can do to support their own learning," Anglemyer says.

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A new program for teachers that offers this network along with other resources is the WE Teachers Program, an initiative developed by Walgreens in partnership with ME to WE and Mental Health America. WE Teachers provides tools and resources, at no cost to teachers, looking for guidance around the social issues related to poverty, youth violence, mental health, bullying, and diversity and inclusion. Through online modules and trainings as well as a digital community, these resources help them address the critical issues their students face.

Jessica Mauritzen, a high school Spanish teacher, credits a network of support for providing her with new opportunities to enrich the learning experience for her students. "This past year was a year of awakening for me and through support… I realized that I was able to teach in a way that built up our community, our school, and our students, and supported them to become young leaders," she says.

With the new WE Teachers program, teachers can learn to identify the tough issues affecting their students, secure the tools needed to address them in a supportive manner, and help students become more socially-conscious, compassionate, and engaged citizens.

It's a potentially life-saving experience for students, and in turn, "a great gift for teachers," says Dr. Sanderlin.

"I wish I had the WE Teachers program when I was a teacher because it provides the online training and resources teachers need to begin to grapple with these critical social issues that plague our students every day," she adds.

In addition to the WE Teachers curriculum, the program features a WE Teachers Award to honor educators who go above and beyond in their classrooms. At least 500 teachers will be recognized and each will receive a $500 Walgreens gift card, which is the average amount teachers spend out-of-pocket on supplies annually. Teachers can be nominated or apply themselves. To learn more about the awards and how to nominate an amazing teacher, or sign up for access to the teacher resources available through WE Teachers, visit walgreens.com/metowe.

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