A fact-finding mission to the United States by a Portuguese lawyer contracted by the United Nations to examine safe drinking water and sanitation found that at least 13 percent of the American Indian population lacks clean water, reported UPI Energy. That’s in contrast to 0.6 percent who lack drinking water or wastewater disposal reported for other households.
“Access to water and sanitation is further complicated for indigenous people in the U.S. depending on whether they are part of a federally recognized tribe or not,” said Catarina de Albuquerque, the first U.N. independent expert on human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
She recommended the U.S. government take further action to level the disparity of available waste and water. “I am concerned that several laws, policies and practices, while appearing neutral at face value, have a disproportionate impact on the enjoyment of human rights by certain groups,” de Albuquerque said in a statement, reported UPI Energy.