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Navajo Communities Face Water Poverty Crisis

Laurel Morales
Lindsay Johnson has had to conserve water most of her life. It's a happy day when the water lady fills her barrels.

Fronteras: Most Americans use more than 100 gallons of water a day, but in Smith Lake, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, they use seven. As industries develop farther into remote areas, they run into conflicts with tribes who view certain sites as sacred New York City's "stop and frisk" law has been controversial because of the potential for racial profiling and in San Diego, activists say the same thing is happening.

San Diego Residents Say Police Racially Profile

Data collected by the New York City Police Department shows 84 percent of pedestrians patted down by its officers were Black or Latino. The figure is the cornerstone of several challenges to the department's controversial stop-and-frisk tactics.

In San Diego, residents say they are also being racially profiled, but a joint investigation by Voice of San Diego and KPBS finds the San Diego Police Department hasn't followed a key policy to determine whether its officers engage in discriminatory behavior. KPBS's Megan Burks has more.

Water Poverty Is A Crisis For Navajo Communities

We hear a lot about the small gifts that can help people in third-world countries -- buy a goat, feed a family in Nepal, donate money for tree seedlings, help farmers in India -- but a new effort focuses this kind of development help closer to home, in this country, where many Navajo communities still lack running water. From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.

Texas Attempts To Lure Sriracha Factory To Lone Star State

As shipments of the popular spicy Asian condiment Sriracha remain on hold following a partial shut down of its factory in California, a state representative from Texas is trying to lure the maker of the sauce away from the West Coast and into the Lone Star State. From our Fronteras Desk, Joey Palacios reports.

Native American Cancer Rates Remain Static

New data show there's been a 20 percent decline in the number of cancer deaths over the last 20 years nationwide. However, as Tristan Ahtone reports for our Fronteras Desk, cancer rates in Native Americans in the Southwest have not gone down with the rest of the nation

Native American Sacred Places Increasingly Threatened

American Indian religions are uniquely tied to the land. For many there is no separation between spirit and nature. But as industries like mining or tourism push farther and farther into undeveloped areas, they can run into conflicts with tribes, who sometimes see their sacred land as more valuable than economic development. From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.

Senator, Border Patrol Union, Question Effectiveness of Current Border Strategy

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, sent a letter Wednesday asking the Department of Homeland Security to answer questions about border security and the use of agents along the U.S.-Mexico border. The letter comes as the push for immigration reform continues in Congress. From Tucson, Michel Marizco reports.

Feds Issue New Guidelines For School Discipline To Avoid Discrimination

This week federal authorities issued new guidelines for schools across the country on how to handle discipline in the classroom. The goal is to avoid any discrimination against minority students and those with disabilities. Laura Isensee reports from the KUHF education desk in Houston.

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