Kickapoo Tribal Chairman Steve Cadue announced today that the Kickapoo Tribal Council adopted a Public Notice on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in coordination with the Kickapoo Water Department to impose mandatory water conservation and enforcement measures for all persons, businesses and community members using treated water provided by the Kickapoo Tribe.
Under the Tribal Order, no treated water can be used to water lawns and gardens; swimming pools cannot be filled and those already filled cannot be replenished; in addition, car washes are prohibited. The watering of livestock is limited to land-based water sources and treated water can only be used for emergency purposes. Furthermore, the Kickapoo Fire Department is not allowed to use water for training exercises.
Chairman Cadue said, “We all take water for granted until it is not available. The drought most all of Kansas is enduring impacts the Kickapoo Tribe more than most others, because we do not have access to water on our reservation. The Kickapoo People have struggled for many years to obtain a reliable and sufficient source of water and all of our citizens now face the hardships this lack of water creates for our Reservation and the people who rely upon it for services, employment and their homes.”
The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas continues to seek a reliable source of water through its proposed Plum Creek Reservoir project, which has been deemed through careful study by independent sources to be the best solution available for a sustainable tribal water source. Chairman Cadue went on to say, “Several years ago the Kickapoo Tribe had to bring water to the Reservation by truck. We are facing the very real possibility of being forced to do that once again to care for our people and tribal needs. This is not a solution, but rather a temporary, yet insufficient response to a very real problem that should have been addressed long ago.”
“No one else is forced to live in our state without water as the Kickapoo People are, said Chairman Cadue. We have a right to water and if the Nemaha-Brown Watershed District No. 7 will not live up to its promises, we will continue to seek the enforcement of those promises and our rights in Federal Court. The health, safety and welfare of our People depend upon it.”
A copy of the release from the Kickapoo Emergency Management Office is included with this media advisory. Please contact Chairman Steve Cadue for more information.