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The Chúush Fund: Water for Warm Springs

On May 31, 2019, the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs approved an emergency disaster declaration due to immediate health threats resulting from a 14” water main line break in the Shitike Creek.

Because of public utilities capital maintenance deferment over the last few decades, today, over a year into rolling water outages and a boil water notice across Oregon’s largest reservation, there is still no relief in sight. 


“This is a worst-case scenario,” said Warm Springs Chief Operating Officer Alyssa Macy. 

In partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Seeding Justice is proud to present 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 and infrastructure for clean water.

Investment Partners:

  • Seeding Justice Staff & Board

  • Ford Family Foundation

  • Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GOSW)

  • Pacific Power

  • PGE (Portland General Electric)

  • Spirit Mountain Community Fund

“…as soon as crews replaced one critical stretch of pipe…a different water line broke and a pressure valve blew, prolonging the outages and warnings to boil water. 

The latest round of failures will have to be fixed before water can flow to the central Warm Springs area, where tribal government, a clinic and many businesses are based… Meanwhile, largely unused port-a-potties have lined the streets all month, braced for things to get worse.” 

– “After Long-Awaited Repairs, Even More Water Problems Arise In Warm Springs,” Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 20, 2019

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