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A Tuesday, Oct. 27 public webinar will address a fund that was established in response to the need for clean water at the Warm Springs Reservation.

A Tuesday, Oct. 27 public webinar will address a fund that was established in response to the need for clean water at the Warm Springs Reservation.

Since May of 2019, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has been under an emergency disaster declaration due to immediate health threats resulting from a 14-inch water main line break in the Shitike Creek. Because of deferred maintenance over several decades, Tribal members are facing rolling water outages and "boil water" notices across Oregon's largest reservation with no relief in sight.

In the short term, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, with MRG Foundation support, created 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 to and infrastructure for clean water.

The public is welcome to join the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, MRG Foundation, Warm Springs Community Action Team, Blue Mountain Land Trust, Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, Columbia Land Trust, Columbia Riverkeeper, Deschutes Land Trust, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, The Nature Conservancy of Oregon, and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility the for a webinar on the Chúush Fund.

The event will be broadcast live through Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Register online at: https://www.mrgfoundation.org/event/chuush-fund-webinar/

This webinar is free and open to the public. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Chúush Fund was established in August of 2019 in response to the need for clean water at the Warm Springs Reservation at that time. It was approved by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council by resolution and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Tribe and MRG Foundation.

MRG Foundation transfers the total amount in the fund to the Tribe each month. To date the fund has raised almost $500,000.


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