The Dongria Kondh of India’s Niyamgiri Hills have won a heroic victory against mining giant Vedanta Resources to save their sacred hills. The Supreme Court told Vedanta in 2013 that the Dongria must decide whether to allow mining on the Mountain of the Law. The Dongria clearly understand that the 70 million tons of bauxite reserves at the top of the Niyam Dongar act as a sponge that soak up the monsoon rains and then hold deposits of water throughout the hot summer months. These reserves ensure the continuous flow of perennial streams across the Niyamgiri hills, which are vital to the existence of the Dongria Kondh as they provide water for drinking and irrigation purposes. Any mining activity at the top of the mountain would cause these perennial streams to dry up.