There is no more basic need than clean drinking water. That’s a need that the Santee Sioux Reservation in Nebraska has been lacking since the Environmental Protection Agency issued a no drink order in 2019. Wells on the reservation are showing levels the mineral manganese as much as 50 times higher than the agency considers safe. A long-term solution could cost upwards of $40 million. There’s no identifiable source of any funding for even a fraction of that amount.
Vice Chairman Kameron Runnels (Santee Sioux), vice chairman of the Santee Sioux Nation
Mike Crosley (Santee Sioux), land manager for the Santee Sioux Nation
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