Editorial: Action needed on Kickapoo water crisis

"The Kickapoo tribe wants the Kansas Department of Agriculture�s Division of Water Resources office to postpone issuing permits for water storage structures in Brown and Nemaha counties that would impact the tribe.

Tribal leaders are patient, even determined, because they have no other choice. The tribe last hauled water during drought conditions in 2003. It began mandatory conservation procedures last October as it braces for renewed drought conditions.

After more than 20 years of this battle, it is time for the state of Kansas or the Bureau of Indian Affairs, or both, to take this showdown to arbitration, where an independent authority can break this logjam."

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