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White Mountain Apache Tribe Vice Chairman Kasey Velasquez testifying in 2016 — the first of two appearances before Congress to urge it to pass a bill that would let the tribe deal with its failing groundwater supply. (Photo by Emily Zentner/Cronkite News)

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After two years, Congress OKs bill to let Apache move on water project

The House gave final approval July 23 to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water system, ending two years of back-and-forth debate in Congress on the issue.