$6.7B bill could get clean drinking water to Native American tribes

Proposed legislation calls for $6.7 billion to bring clean drinking water to Native American communities. Indigenous leaders say it's long overdue.
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Silver Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (Credit: KBIC Natural Resources Department)

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