Some Native American reservations have no access to basics like water. Why? Look to 1948.

Imagine — in the United States — running out of water about two weeks into the month.

Like, out out. With little you can do about it.

That's the life of some Navajo residents on a reservation in northwest New Mexico. Enter: The Water Lady.

One of the residents, Darlene Arviso, is known as The Water Lady and carries water to many of them in large canisters once a month. As you can see in the clip below from "CBS Sunday Morning," it's like bringing life to them, and the people become like family to Darlene. She gets to see how they're doing, find out their latest news, and more.


Images via "CBS Sunday Morning."

So why, in a country like the United States, is water such an issue for the people here?

The answer to that question goes back almost 70 years, and it has to do with voting rights. Professor Dan McCool, a University of Utah political science professor, explains:

When cities and towns were set up across the country with water rights, plumbing, and similar projects in the works, the people on this reservation (and others) lost out because they didn't have the right to vote until 1948 in Arizona and New Mexico. So water was never planned for these communities.

Luckily there are the folks at Dig Deep, a non-profit organization that digs wells to bring water to people in developing countries. They're coordinating with local volunteers like Darlene to get water to these areas of the United States.

But consider that for a second: It took a nonprofit that usually works with developing countries to figure out what to do and have the drive to do it. In the United States of America.

They're committed to helping get water to these people, but it's going to take some effort to get there.

Right now, donations are key. After they drill the wells, there will be construction projects to add reserve water containers to houses and a lot more. Check out the following video to see how people live with little or no water:

If you'd like to help, here's an excellent place to begin. And you could share this. Your call.

True

$200 billion of COVID-19 recovery funding is being used to bail out fossil fuel companies. These mayors are combatting this and instead investing in green jobs and a just recovery.

Learn more on how cities are taking action: c40.org/divest-invest


via Pexels.com

The Delta Baby Cafe in Sunflower County, Mississippi is providing breastfeeding assistance where it's needed most.

Mississippi has the third lowest rate of breastfeeding in America. Only 70% of infants are ever-breastfed in the state, compared to 84% nationally.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants be exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life. However, in Mississippi, less than 40% are still breastfeeding at six months.

Keep Reading Show less
True

$200 billion of COVID-19 recovery funding is being used to bail out fossil fuel companies. These mayors are combatting this and instead investing in green jobs and a just recovery.

Learn more on how cities are taking action: c40.org/divest-invest


via msleja / TikTok

In 2019, the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada instituted a policy that forbids teachers from participating in "partisan political activities" during school hours. The policy states that "any signage that is displayed on District property that is, or becomes, political in nature must be removed or covered."

The new policy is based on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 Janus decision that limits public employees' First Amendment protections for speech while performing their official duties.

This new policy caused a bit of confusion with Jennifer Leja, a 7th and 8th-grade teacher in the district. She wondered if, as a bisexual woman, the new policy forbids her from discussing her sexuality.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

We've heard from U.S. intelligence officials for at least four years that other countries are engaging in disinformation campaigns designed to destabilize the U.S. and interfere with our elections. According to a recent New York Times article, there is ample evidence of Russia attempting to push American voters away from Joe Biden and toward Donald Trump via the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, which has created a network of fake user accounts and a website that billed itself as a "global news organization."

The problem isn't just that such disinformation campaigns exist. It's that they get picked up and shared by real people who don't know they're spreading propaganda from Russian state actors. And it's not just pro-Trump content that comes from these accounts. Some fake accounts push far-left propaganda and disinformation in order to skew perceptions of Biden. Sometimes they even share uplifting content to draw people in, while peppering their feeds with fake news or political propaganda.

Most of us read comments and responses on social media, and many of us engage in discussions as well. But how do we know if what we're reading or who we're engaging with is legitimate? It's become vogue to call people who seem to be pushing a certain agenda a "bot," and sometimes that's accurate. What about the accounts that have a real person behind them—a real person who is being paid to publish and push misinformation, conspiracy theories, or far-left or far-right content?

Keep Reading Show less