On May 31, 2019 the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs approved an emergency disaster declaration due to immediate health threats resulting from a 14” water main line break in the Shitike Creek. Because of public utilities capital maintenance deferment over the last few decades, today, months into rolling water outages and a boil water notice across Oregon’s largest reservation, there is still no relief in sight. “This is a worst case scenario,” said Warm Springs Chief Operating Officer Alyssa Macy.
More About the Water Crisis:
"...as soon as crews replaced one critical stretch of pipe...a different water line broke and a pressure valve blew, prolonging the outages and warnings to boil water.
The latest round of failures will have to be fixed before water can flow to the central Warm Springs area, where tribal government, a clinic and many businesses are based, according to KWSO, a radio station owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Meanwhile, largely unused port-a-potties have lined the streets all month, braced for things to get worse.
Read more here: “After Long-Awaited Repairs, Even More Water Problems Arise In Warm Springs", Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 20, 2019
In partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, MRG Foundation is proud to present The Chúush Fund, which accepts contributions from foundations and individuals to directly benefit the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as they work to restore their access and infrastructure for clean water.*
*Contributions made by credit or debit card incur a 3% processing fee charged by PayPal. Unless a donor chooses to cover this 3% fee, MRG will absorb this cost.
If you would like to make a contribution to the Chuush Fund without incurring the fee, OR if you would like to make a contribution of $5,000 or more by credit/debit card and are not comfortable covering this fee, we ask that you send a check made out to MRG Foundation and with "Chuush Fund" in the memo to the address below or make a gift of stock. Thank you!
The Chúush Fund streamlines the process for giving to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and provides them with unrestricted dollars to do what they need to do, in real time, to take care of the health and safety of their community.