Who controls the water supply? The answer involves a long history of political strife

Photo Courtesy of Winnemem Wintu Tribe

By – PBS.org – Photo Courtesy of Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

Photo: The McCloud River in California

Thirty members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, ranging in age from 1 to 70 years old, live in a cluster of trailers on 42 acres of land that is zoned for a single household. After decades of surviving private and government takeovers of their land, they set up a community in a village the tribe calls Tuimayalii, in the Jones Valley of Shasta County. But the county’s Board of Supervisors in June passed a bill that penalizes Jones Valley households that use more than 225 gallons of water a day.

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