07-19-21 - Creative water solutions
Welcome to native america calling from studio eight six nine in a slow pueblo. I'm taraji would expensive multimillion dollar water infrastructure projects. It's all many of the drinking water xs problems for you to nations but those are out of reach for many tribes that's why nonprofits universities and other groups are coming up with innovative and sometimes experimental water projects to provide native communities and individuals with safe drinking. Water join us as we talked about some of these water projects right after national native news. This is national native news. I'm antonio gonzales. The rosebud sioux tribe in south dakota welcomed home the remains of children who died more than one hundred years ago at the carlisle indian school in pennsylvania native youth and their mentors repatriated the remains from carlisle last week and escorted them home. A four hour. Service was streamed online saturday where people gathered at the tribes college quilts photographs and other items line. The front of the gym for each of the nine children brought home. The service included speakers songs an honoring before the remains were escorted out to the burial site by native youth veterans and the community. They were placed in graves in buffalo robes and buried on the rosebud reservation. The california assembly approved a resolution last week supporting us interior secretary. Dept holland's indian boarding school investigation which will identify boarding school sites and locate burial grounds. Hr sixty was introduced by native american assembly member. James romo's the. Us initiative follows. The discovery of remains in canada at sites of former residential schools. Romo says holland's investigation will help and the generations long guessing game about what happened to those who did not return from boarding school. His measure was approved on a bipartisan. Voice vote tribes that run child support agencies may soon get help collecting past due. Child support. Kale c. c.'s. Brian buhl reports on the bill sponsored by us senators. Ron wyden and john thune the. Us senate has just passed the bill which lets the sixty native american tribes of child support agencies access. The federal tax refund offset programme to collect past due money. Senator wyden says this is what state agencies already do. Legislation empowers tribal agencies with the same tools as have to ensure non-custodial. Parents are meeting their child support. Obligations this is about fairness for our tribes through the program. The treasury department can withhold a tax refund of a non custodial parent if they oh past due child support and senate to the child support agency to disperse to the family. I'm brian bowl. They canadian government recently announced an action plan on the recommendations of the national investigation into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls down carpet. Chuck has more. The long awaited plan offers a framework developed by a large group of partners that include the families of victims and survivors each of the country's distinct indigenous groups and the federal provincial and territorial governments. There are several steps that all partners have agreed to make priorities as the foundation for a more comprehensive plan. They include funding for survivors and family. An oversight body with investigative powers to represent the interests of families survivors and indigenous communities a public education campaign. That also includes trauma informed training for those who work with indigenous people. The action plan is getting a mainly positive response. Michelle debt is a former commissioner of the missing and murdered inquiry. And when i saw a few of the suggested are goals that they're proposing for me transparency ability and making sure that we have several or different bodies where i can put my complain. Or i can go to a tribunal or there's an indigenous ombudsperson i was like finally we have something there that the indigenous organization or leadership will have to work with all levels of government. A more in depth strategy will be developed in the future with more specific priorities. Also there is no dollar amount or funding commitment but that is expected to be included in next steps. The native women's association of canada walked away from the action plan saying it was fundamentally flawed and the process to get done was politically motivated for national native news. I'm dan carpenter and damian tonio gonzales. 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An individual wells are too expensive for some households so grassroots groups nonprofits in universities are among those stepping in to improve access to drinking water with innovative water systems for individual homes or small communities. We'll talk about some of the water projects and khalid a machine that pulls gallons of water from the air in. You're welcome to join the discussion today to. Are there any small water projects that are bringing water to your home or people in your community. Give us a ring. tell us about it. We're at one eight hundred nine six two eight four eight. That's also one hundred nine nine native and today we're gonna start off in hard rock arizona with us on the line is germane simonson and she is the owner of rocky ridge guests in market and she is donate. Thank you for joining us for another native america. Calling germain welcome. Oh yeah they got a Jermaine simonsen shift out chips in ensler thoughts as the sun and buster's team ted. This gives another though. Key on the duchy auto. Thank you good afternoon. My name is jermaine science then I am the owner of rocky ridge. Gas marquette and i reside in hardrock arizona and hardrock chapter is one of the hundred and ten chapters located on the navajo nation. Thank you thank you and of course. Welcome and so. Tell me a little bit about an innovative way. Wonder is coming to people who are frequenting your business as well as the area. Tell me a little bit about something. Special yes so We Within the past year Somewhere in the midst of the pandemic We were coached by then Arizona state representative orlando teller Wanting to know if we could partner with Another the creator. The makers of water gen To install a water. Jen machine and of course we have no idea what this is or even what it does Except that it. You know produces water. It makes water out of the air And so after a long year of going back and forth and you know it you know. It wasn't always easy because we're dealing with international company as well And defend them and not being able to see each other. So just you know through phone and you know what however ways zoom We were able to finally install the very indiv- june and turned onto machine beginning of july and Since then we've produced probably a couple of hundreds of Gallons of water from the machine and We've had a variety of curious. People come by To taste the water and take water and it's been real interesting in so definitely. It sounds like an innovative way to address Water shortage and jemaine. Can you tell us a little bit of of how it works. You don't need to go deep into the science but generally your understanding and in what they've told you of what is going on with this machine go ahead So what is going on with. The machine is is. It's taking Water from the air. And so i'm i'm still trying to understand all of this So there's you know folks who say well you need you know good humidity and then there's You know the creators of water jen and worked in places. Where and they you know. We're pretty certain work here because they have located in other places where we have about the same amount of humidity And so you know we so. We were skeptical going into it whether it would work because we felt like we had no humidity And so we You know went. We installed it You know so basically. The water is cold from the air And and The way understand it. The the more humid the better But you know we've we set up at a time when there was no you know no clouds no humidity and it did produce water which was really amazing. And so the golden question. What does it taste like if he uses very good it. We it's a has a little sweet taste I you know. I think the first couple of people i sent over where my mom and my aunt and my my dad And coal them. I heard the water. Jen has we my husband. And i were traveling at the time And we called home and you know. He put the final Electric power up. Whatever you know. I i don't know the language to this what he did but He finally plugged it in. And then right after we left for a week. Long trip So while we were gone you know one day we call back then my son to check the machine And he said yeah it's got water produce letter and so right away so my mom my aunt and my my son over to go check it out take some water Taste it and so from what. I understand though the gen m machine which is what we have It it it feels and mineralized as the water So it is it is delicious. it's very good And you know. I kept drinking when i went finally went When we return from our trip. I went and drink them and it was. It was really good. The water comes out clear. It is very good at the time That i went out there. Mr donovan cantero. From that time. And and i think he ran an article this past week But he showed up and he wanted to also see for himself because we had a lot of people who were skeptical and I even saw one comment. I see green water. Hose behind your machine but anyway So that was funny but he came out and he you know. Check the machine for awhile and pasted the water and he kept refilling his water bottle and he said this is so good. This is really good. And and so i think Any case that will tell you it is very good and so where is it located inside the store or or describe that for me in in about how big is it and people want access it. How do they go about pat. And don't say any prices but tell the how So the machine is sitting In within the store Property except outside So they don't want it covered In any way so have to sit out there out. India open If a pretty it's a good site machine if i don't know what compared to maybe If you have a big lump cooler you know the ones that sit on top of the house I would say about that big. I you know. I'm sure there's specs somewhere But it's it's about in in hike. Maybe it's about as follows me. Which is i'm like five four maybe And so it's a nice size machine And one we have there at the store whole Two hundred and eleven gallon. A there's a holding a container and there and so we haven't sitting on the outside We have yet to establish and that was. I think that was one of the first questions that came out is how much water does it produce an. Is it a solution for a whole community and and the answer is no. It's not a solution for a whole community is a solution. I believe for a household of you know three to five people depending on their water usage and of course we should be all in the in the phase of conservation And live like you're camping as they say so. It's the machine that is not going to produce enough water to you know for so you can take showers for thirty minutes or you're gonna holiday for your life stock a whole bunch of them. It just isn't going to produce that amount of water and multiple house bills If it'll probably comfortably take care of one household This machine and so we have yet to establish you know what we're going to do with the slaughterhouse right now open to the public There are a few curious people that have come by already And we just show them whereas machine is and then you know they wanna take some water they take it and so those are still discussions. We we need to have within. You know the are group To see you know how we would you know distribute it and you know How it besides people coming in selling up their water bottle. You know And so that you know that's something we still have to talk about. In hausa powered. It is power electric power. So i you know one of the reasons that it was set up at rocky ridge market is because This side there. There isn't a lot of infrastructure in terms of buildings out here or even you know electricity. Besides you know electric running to homes which is typically a one phase electric power The only other buildings probably with s three phase power which is what this machine needs as probably the chapter facility. I don't even know if they have three phase Possibly the school. We have a local boarding school nearby. I don't i'm not certain. They have three days either. But this store has three phase power and three phase. Power is but typically They run commercial. industrial facility. needs a little bit of Power to keep it going and it's interesting germain and just hearing from her and this water solution. What are your thoughts. We sure hope you'll dial in one eight hundred nine nine six. Two four eight is a number. We look forward to adding you to the conversation today. 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And do you get your drinking water from a smaller water system. And how long have you been waiting for queen drinking water in your own home. Join our conversation by calling one. Eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight. That's also one eight hundred nine nine native in with us today on the line at a hard rock arizona is germane simonson and she's the owner of rocky ridge guests in market. Our pleasure to heather here also joining us today at flagstaff arizona. Is anne marie just chilly. And she is a northern arizona. University interim vice president for office of native american initiatives in the director for the institute for tribal environmental professionals and she is dna our pleasure to have her here with welcome to native america calling in marie then morning everybody yet been and thank you for the invitation to speak to you all today. I marie chili. And i anthony in all the nation. I am Not what the nazi ancient order jamie west chain on my excuse me agents another and they go to him before i use in the show. Also thank you for I'm also coming from flagstaff. I'd like to acknowledge that thirteen tribes in this region. Consider this land. They could see them. So i'm very proud to be here. And i'm honored to be a guest speaking on water issues. Well thank you for that. And marie and we just heard one solution. That is happening At the rocky ridge guests and market using a water jen machine which is pretty innovative and interesting and marie just knowing that people are reaching for other sources or open to try now new ways of getting water. Clean drinking water to their household or to their community Tell me a little bit about what you understand about the need for drinking water especially there in the navajo nation in why some people are open to innovative ways to meet the needs. Anything you want to share. Thank you yes I would love to talk about an organization. I sit on the board fourth. Call dig and you can go to dig the organization and this The work that i've been doing probably for the last two or three years With them has been extraordinary. They have a navajo. Water project headed up by emma. Roberts the ceo is storage And so and and so. It's been a really great program just to be involved with. They started twenty in twenty thirteen They were looking across the season. Seen that other african countries where Feeling with water issues but one of their donors and we have quite a few we have over. Forty thousand donors for the For the project and and we're very thankful for them but they they alerted george mcgraw. Who's the ceo to the issues on the navajo nation and so When the navajo nation. When we they began looking at the nomination They saw that the issues where the same lack of water access to water and so as we all know. These numbers are. I always heard them. Throughout my life to eighteen thousand homes on the navajo. nation without water was always Wayne on me. I'm a former water rights attorney and so that was always an issue for me. 'cause i thought you know the rest of the world are rest united states i should say has access and and so and we all know and i was raised on my grandmother's property Homestead and she didn't have water so it was hauling water siphoning water being very very critical with how use the waterside was raised that way and so When i started my work with them i was really interested. In just the technology they were using and This year will they raise their money. They go into communities and work with chapters they form alliances. Not only what the chapters but also with now who nation government to then go in and start building these Really great systems Where there's a water tank and then there's new pump it into the house and may have hot and cold water and then they have water delivery system where they bring the water to them so these have all been incredible new development. And when i saw that on my i raised my hand and volunteered. I said whatever i need to do. I love to help you all and so we started working. I started on their board about a year ago. Just depend on the kit and You know depend mic was Incredibly harsh to family and and try not to but we lost so many people in my life and and we dig the was able to continue deliver water. They delivered over just looking at numbers before the pandemic they had three hundred homes that were set up with these incredible systems where they paint and outside big tanks and then when the pandemic hit they brought in you know over two hundred and fifty thousand gallons of bottled water and then they and then they built these suitcases and keep everything outside and the water the twelve hundred and seventy five gallon storage tank. They would keep it outside so everything was outside and they modified and really Stepped up to the issue of lack of water and and they were able to Deliver those types of systems to a thousand four hundred fifty people families. So you know. I think the has continued no matter what has happened. Continue to work and serve the native american community but they also work with other communities outside they work with the appalachian communities they work with the communities in the colonia texas and down in the south. You know people primarily people color who are disadvantaged. Don't have access to water. There's a great report that we put out. I wish we were on like put it in chat but if you look at the deep access to water report you'll find that report. I mean that report you will see that. Nineteen percent native americans are nineteen percent more likely to lack indoor plumbing than any other race. So it's really. It's an eye opening report that we put forward to really get that conversation going and get the advocacy moving forward about why People of color people disadvantaged communities lack access in a first world nation. So you know. I've talked a lot of that. was the opening just. I just wanted to put that out there. That disorganization like many organizations are doing incredible work to help Tribal communities and when that work is received what changes and murray so what changes for each individual. If you can. I was march right before it depends on my i was out in the row Cindy and all the stuff that At incredible team they were out there building the system and it was an older our elderly woman. And you know just it changed your life and one thing. I really really appreciate that no matter the condition of the house. 'cause i've worked at other Nonprofits that houses too old or the houses to in disrepair. We can't do whatever we're going to dig deep this as we're gonna we're gonna serve whatever we reach and so in that community and that one person's like she was an elderly woman who lives alone pretty far off you know i'd probably i dunno say five miles off and no water and she would never get what that's the key she would now. You're forget waterpipe probably because it's too vast and the infrastructure is to is too expensive so you know i was able to watch her that day. Turn on her water There were solar filler. Well and it was just like this to see her and she was like our elders to blushing she was just like he shoot either. How others act very about things but they were incomplete to you know. It was just like so heart warming to know that and then water would be delivered to our house every month and so i was just thinking. Thank god we got to her before the pandemic or you know we. They can't shelter in place. If you're having to go to the store you having to go to all these places just to get water so for me. That was just like okay. I'm on the right path in my life in anne-marie just knowing that you know the importance of these kinds of projects are really showing you know the value especially given what we've endured with pandemic and Definitely people understood what it meant to be able to have this in your home or what it meant to have to still travel a distance to get water and so and marie thinking about everything that i guess is pandemic has covered with the need of the access to clean drinking water. Water that you can use in your home. What do you hope changes so that you know more projects like this can continue or even leading to even bigger projects where huge infrastructure revamps are happening. Any thoughts on on what. Your hopes are for still making change. Thank you for that question. I was just like literally five minutes ago. Speaking to the epa. This around cable. And what i one of my other jobs is. I always advocating to the federal government about Tribal trust responsibilities. You know this is an inherent right that tribes have because of the exchanges that we made many years ago many under duress probably all under duress but these treaty obligations are the foundation To what needs to be brought forward. And i think under this administration. They're hearing that their heating that But we need to be able to show them okay. This is where we need them. And we've done that with the water access report. We've also tried to really getting a lot more vocal about issues in their own communities. And so for me there's over an advocacy part of it I can't go through forever. But i always like i don't wanna step on toes. I think tribes are being very vocal and so in my role. I sit on several advisory committees. I'm always advising them hussein. You need to one. So you're out. What the tribes want. Listen to them and then build programs. That are sustainable. Much longer than just when administration you need to build system because this is a treaty obligations and these are treaty rights that tribe or allow. But they're they have rights too and so wants to try you know get into those conversations and start building those alliances. That's my hope is that they get to see these water programs or whatever programs. They're looking at natural resource programs or home programs really start flourishing because and i hope this administration takes into consideration that it should last more than their administrations. There should be safe guards to protect these prevents because we are we do. How tribal Treaty rights which are much different than state or or any other mini penalty. So that's my hope. Is that during this time. That we have done as ministrations those types of protocols and regulations if you will are put into place indeed and maybe you have some thoughts on that tribal leaders of your out there. We want to hear from you to your thoughts on any of this one. Eight hundred nine six two eight four eight is the number and of course anybody is welcome to call in and join their conversation and just your reaction to what you're hearing today. One eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight is the number also here is germane simonson and germaine definitely wanted to give you a moment to just thinking about what water gent. Your water jen. Machine is doing and the possibility of bringing water to people who were having trouble accessing it especially during a pandemic and thoughts about moving forward. I think i'm gonna share jimmy. Yes certainly so water. Jenner is you know. I i think just one of One of several solutions out there. Of course The machine is making a head ways. i think in other parts of the world So i believe this is the first that up here on the navajo nation. And i think it'll provide within the you know a few more months to come. It'll provide you know some really good data some really good information and of course communities can then proceed And decide what they wanna do. And then i think you know just right now thinking about it. It is costly machine It does require a three phase electric power and we have yet to see are. Wealthy are monthly bill. Probably here the next weeks. We'll see how much it's costing to run the machine but we're also exploring other options like possibly putting it on And so you know as years go technology improves. And sometimes they get a little less costly. So i i think what i i see is You know maybe muller homes or smaller villages. Might you know wanna invest in the water gen And so that's what i were sea In the future. And do you know of any other places. They're on the nomination that are proposing putting one of these machines up no. I don't know of any other place. We had a few people who commented on our facebook story That there are some chapters who wanna look into it but you know they ultimately shy away from the cost Because we had to do some electrical work as well To make this all come together and you've seen how many partners have to come together for this to happen there are at least four to five partners. That came together for this to happen so I think the cost of it might be deterring deterrence for other communities and also just not knowing you know what it's capable of and what electric bill they'll be for seeing and i think we'll be able to provide some of those answers within the next few months very interesting. Thank you for that germain and annmarie any thoughts on other innovative ways that people are bringing clean drinking water to their home to their own water bottle. Any thoughts you know. There's lots of different organizations. That are really because cova A lot of different organizations really stepped into gear you know and Ones out of flagstaff headed the navajo. Hopi one there's also Several if you look online you just and look if you want to support a particular one. Maybe there's one that goes to your community or one that goes specifically to your Goes to your needs. Whatever you wanna do Th those are different things i know. Dig deep has worked with the navajo community for many years. Now and so. The program is tailored to them and see their needs We i think one of the issues that were constantly looking at our Just how do we make it sustainable. I think that's key when you're working at these types of water project. It's great to bring water in for one day or one week or would month but how do you sustain that for that family. Because they're going to need them every single day every every for all of us who don't live on the nomination who have water that's taken for granted we turn on our faucet and there and so really looking at programs that are sustainable looking ten years into the future for me. That's important when i. When i put money forward are put my time for it. I really look at staying ability aspect you for that in a lot to jump off of today as you hear this discussion and thinking about access to clean drinking water. That's a huge issue. We know for many people in many different places. And we'd like you to weigh in. What is the situation in your area in your own household. And are there initiatives that are being That have launched to try and help bring water to your home or just giving you access to clean drinking water. And what are the reasons why you don't have access. You can share some thoughts on that to. It's a water check in today. 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I'm tara gatewood and we are focusing on small innovative water projects that filter water bring water to individual homes in small communities. Call in join our conversation. Tell us about it. There is still time to join our conversation. And also it's a conversation about how people access water in their community. How big issue is it to bring clean drinking water to your own home. Give us a ring. One eight hundred nine nine six two eight. Four eight is a number. We look forward to your calls with us on the line today. Out of flagstaff. Arizona is anne. Marie is chili Who is The northern arizona diversity interim vice president for the office of native american initiatives and the director for the institute for tribal environmental professionals. Also here to from hard rock. Arizona is germane simonson and she's the owner rocky ridge guests in market think Thank you to both of them for being here and you know we got a call. I wanna go ahead and take a call. We have zone on the line in tuba. City arizona tuned in on kgb are thinks they're giving us a ring zoll year on air all right. Let's see can get them back Well we do that. We are going to go to one location on the navajo nation near The reservation border near flagstaff arizona. We have mark sorenson. And he's a ceo the star school and the painted desert demonstration projects. And it's a pleasure to have him here mark. Thank you for joining us welcome. Thank you tara yacht. Everyone i'm I'm glad you gave us a chance to talk about this Small solutions that can help. Our communities are schoo- star. School is An off grid solar powered school on the southwest edge of the navajo nation and we became interested in the water issues because our our name star is an acronym stands for service to all relations and we were noticing some years ago. That most of our elders were not drinking water from the local community wells and when we Ask them what the reason for that was. They said it was discolored and didn't taste good and also we as we looked into a deeper. We found out that there was our snake in the water and so we began working with some hydrologist from tucson to Develop a water filtration system and I hope to be able to tell you about that. System and how we've implemented in communities please expand tell us more well we We're just a small school We had a a school bus that We decommissioned So the water filtration system that we developed with the engineers actually is able to filter out from the water and filter out heavy salts. Those are two of the main problems in our wells Around this area and we were able to take out the seats of the bus and put the water filtration in the back of the bus so the students could actually get involved in the process of being water wires so we were able to drive this bus out to these remote locations. The bus Had solar panels on top so filtration system could run remotely and And we had a great degree of success. We were actually invited to the hopi village of Where they had a severe arsenic problem for drinking water. We took our bus out there and left it there for several months to see if people would really Preferred to have that water filter and right there and they did the elders. The mothers the grandmother grandmothers came around. And and we're very grateful. The water tastes that good. It was clear and of course. We removed the arsenic from from the water. So so it what we've been learning is it's important not only to remove the dangerous chemicals from water but to actually Make sure that water tastes good. Smells good looks good. Because otherwise people won't talk won't wanna drink it so we've been able to do that and We followed up after The village indicated that they really liked. What what it was producing we Through a grant from usda we were able to get A more permanent water filtration system in a shipping container and get it out to the village. And it's there now so we We have realized that even though we're a small school and a nonprofit If we focus in and engage with professionals some university and and from the water The knowledgeable people about water we can and actually help provide a solution to a serious problem. Existing says one thing i wanna point out is across the nation there over five hundred wells And it it's our approach to offer communities away to use the wells that that are now existing and make that water drinkable again in so mark involving the students to especially youth in our future leaders. What was some of very action knowing that they're really helping communities out in a big way with this project with this bus they were really excited about it My question to them was how many of you want to become water lawyers and every single one of them raise their hand. They they want to help You know sometimes. I think students get the from the community that there's nothing they can do. That really will matter. And it's great to see students actually getting gauged and know that what they're doing does matter and matters to their own families to their to their parents to their grandparents and Even though we haven't had children With us in in person since the pandemic began We're we're gearing up now to get another one of these units out into the community and and And we're hopeful that the students will be engaged with again with testing water and providing drinking water. That tastes good to the people that is great and maybe you have been a recipient of some of the benefits of this project if you want to share some thoughts. We sure hope you'll dial in one eight hundred nine six to eight. Four eight is number and let's try our caller again. We have zone in tuba city. Arizona tuned in on cagey biard zoll. Thanks for giving us a ring. Go ahead you're on air. Oh can you hear me now. Yes here you will welcome. Hi thank you yeah. I don't know what happened. I'm kind of in a spotty area. I'm actually hauling water right now In the services a little touchy out. Here i understand and tell me a little bit about what it is. You're working on so. I caught the programming. The lady from the board member from the organizational speaking and we pretty much do what they are doing what they kind of evolved into during the pandemic not knowing that they were doing that or what. Their plans were. System was I started. I live in new mexico. But i'm from tuba city arizona. The two hundred seventy five gallon water tank in the back of my truck hauling water to elders In ship out new mexico area and it just kind of grew from there Noticed a lot of elders out. There didn't have any containers. Large containers were several people living and and trying to get by with five gallon buckets. Old man had about fifteen of 'em so like kind went off and there was donations coming and ended up buying water barrels. So devolved into delivering water barrels remotely For drinking water up the empty barrels filling them up on site and it grew We now it grew into a program that we call water warriors united and we actually get water from the stars. Goes nice to hear I think it was from the doctor. I don't. I'm not sure exactly. It was bad we got markup. Yeah we get our water from the star school. And they're they've been so amazing for us. We been there several times They've just opened the doors for us. And we hall to the loop and killarney lake areas out kind of that way near flagstaff. Zona show basically it turned into Delivery water tanks as well filling up underground sister and tanks Under new mexico side of the navajo nation There are some other contractors that started putting in underground cistern tanks with the cares that money. They built restroom additions. Full bathroom additions and water pumps and all these complete systems My show and actually helped build them for a while and we service them. at times. We also service parts of arizona We have a small fleet as giant dig deep but we are Hundred percent homegrown organization. We started out with the water truck with my truck and water tank. So basically we kind of evolved into this nonprofit. We're called collective medicine. Our website is collective medicine dot net for those who want more information but basically we're not first year we're trying to evolve accordingly Trying to fit in get in where we fit in and we haul water year round haul firewood for elders We all help other organizations with food boxes deliveries donations campaigns. Whatever they might do And i myself. I'm a twenty year journeyman boilermaker. So i went from type. Bullying and power plant maintenance into kind of nonprofit were so it's been a transition but i think our group has done a very good job of kind of adding to help people through the pandemic and getting water where it's needed and we see everything that miss chile. I believe it was spoke about as far as issue. She she's pretty much everything right on the head. So i mean we're all kind of out there trying to do our part as groups as mutually groups and people who are community servants relapse. Well thank you for calling in so kudos to the work you're doing and see that's what a mean when we think about all of this water people doing in the community. That's you want to hear about it. You can share some thoughts with us. One eight hundred nine six two eight. Four eight is a number you can also email us comments at native america. Calling dot com. Maybe there's an organization a nonprofit are maybe a university that is helping get small water systems in your community or just straight up bringing the water to you Anything to share one eight hundred nine six two eight four eight is the number and mark turn to you. Any thoughts are callers. Ol- was that mark any thoughts just after hearing zoll and shout out on your program to Yes i want to say. you know. People like zola amazing and this pandemic is brought out in addition to all the tragedy that these it's brought out the best of some really amazing people like him. You know there. There are so many people who are out there working to help help. The elders in particular and Particularly i think all of us have seen how important this issue of water is especially in the pandemic when As has been said before you know. People can't protect themselves if they have to continually go out and get water and other places so the the amazing volunteer spirit that's happened on the nation Has been really inspiring and we do need to all work together so i i think that We it's what i've seen out of this situation with our nonprofit. We can't just sit back and rely on the government to do everything. Nonprofits have a real role in in Having an immediate impact in community. And i believe we've seen them through the chew the pandemic. Yes time and time again and if anybody does want to get in contact with what's going on there and the star school to help meet the needs of water needs. Is there any context. You like to share mark. Yeah our our our phone number at the schools nine two eight four one. Five four one five seven and We also have a website that indicates what we're doing w w debts are schools out of work But i i also want to say that well Where zoll was talking about that. They come and get water man by group of volunteers from the community and we couldn't do it without the volunteers so you know it. It requires the spirit of of being willing to volunteer so we are looking for volunteers to who are willing to come and help man the well stations so we can actually expand our hours and deliver more water. Well that's great hands up to your volunteers as well. Thanks that mark sorenson of the star school. The painted desert demonstration projects Germain simonsen any final comments with the rocky ridge guests in market. We asked the. We're excited to have this machine at rocky ridge gas market We're We will be learning more about it in the months to come And that And we can be You can either Message us or I believe oh i have. Www dot rocky ridge market dopp rocky ridge market dot com. Where you can send messages to if you have any questions regarding the machines And i am really We'll eat to You know how works other communities and as they're interested so thank you for having me on the show. I appreciate it things. So much and meritas chilly. We've got to wrap things up but of course Contacts and of course again where people can find that report real quick great. Thank you for the opportunity to come on today. You can find the report if you go to dot org or you can also just google water access. Well dig deep water access report. You know in you'll find it and Again it nali highlight the nomination but like many other communities in the united states are dealing with access to water and for me. A water rights attorney. I'm always advocating for the fact that tribes have a right to are we have. We signed treaties many years ago. And we need to fight for those water right and we have to also fight for Are seven generations to come. you know. there's no. There's no reason why are trying to be in this situation so really highlighting those issues for the not only the federal government trouble government but also to work. You have time you can volunteer on any of these nonprofits including we'd be willing to take sure. I know that door is wide open. Well thank you for that. We've got to wrap up. emory chilly. Germain simonsen mark sorenson. Thank you all for being here. I'm tara gatewood. join us tomorrow. 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