Historically excluded from Colorado River policy, Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and other tribes want a say in how the dwindling resource is used

Lorenzo Pena pulls off the highway and into a drive-through water distribution center on the Southern Ute Indian Tribe reservation in southwest Colorado. He parks his truck and connects the empty tank it’s hauling to a large hose and thousands of gallons of water quickly rush in.

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