GCSC Seminar: “Universal Access to Clean Water for Tribal Communities” Heather Tanana
October 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT
Water is life. Every household in America needs and is entitled to clean and safe water access, but the reality is that many households in Indian country lack access to it. Lack of water access can take many forms, including lack of piped water services, inadequate water quality, deteriorating or inadequate water infrastructure, and operation and maintenance challenges. Without water security, many tribes are struggling to support their growing communities. Now is the time for the federal government to keep its promises to Indian country and ensure that all Americans have access to clean, safe, and reliable drinking water.
Heather Tanana (JD/MPH) is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and Assistant Research Professor & Wallace Stegner Fellow at the S.J. Quinney College of Law – University of Utah. Heather practiced law for several years before completing a clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer and joining the world of academia. Her career has been driven by her personal commitment to serving her people. She chairs the board of the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake and volunteers her time on other working groups to promote diversity in the legal field.