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Kickapoo Tribe Water Supply Concerns Continue


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The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas has been struggling with a lack of water for its reservation. The tribe's primary source of drinking water - the Delaware River -- has been running dry. The tribe's water concerns were recently rasied with Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli. He said recent rains have put more water into the Delaware River... but his agency is standing by to offer assistance. 

The on-going drought has taken a toll on the tribe, but Tafanelli says the state itself will help supply drinking water to the Kickapoo tribe if requested to do so.



KS Adjutant General: State Will Aid Communities with Water Needs

Despite recent rains, this year's drought continues to affect many Kansas communities. One especially hard-hit community is the Kickapoo Reservation in northeast Kansas. Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli says the state is prepared to help the Kickapoo Tribe -- or any other community hurt by the drought -- if the need arises. 

The Delaware River is the primary source of drinking water for the Kickapoo Tribe, but that river has been running low or dry for much of the year.

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