Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

We welcome the new scientific and peer-reviewed study published in the Journal for Environmental Forensics as it highlights the true nature of the springs in the Cadiz area, and supports what we have known all along, that this project will cause irreversible harm.

The Chemehuevi people of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians resided in this region since time immemorial. These deserts are our homelands. The sites, seeps, and springs are living history and preserve cultural and historical legacies.

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians actively opposes the Cadiz Water Conservation Recovery and Storage Project currently underway within the Tribe’s traditional territory in the Mojave Desert. The United States entered numerous treaties with Indian tribes, promulgated countless federal laws and regulations, and undertook a solemn obligation of trust towards our Tribal Nation. This government-to-government relationship imposes a fiduciary duty on the federal government to preserve tribal spiritual and cultural sites and to protect tribal lands and waters. Failure to prevent impacts, like the extreme overuse that would occur as a consequence of the Cadiz Project, violates the fundamental obligations of the federal government to the Tribe.

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