Native American Water Rights

September 19, 2013--Tribes, feds partner on Colorado River water study (Denver Post)

The federal government has pledged to work with American Indian tribes in the Colorado River basin to address projected shortages of water. A group of 10 tribes from around the West and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation signed an agreement Wednesday to study tribal water resources. The agency provided $100,000 to initiate the study that is expected to be complete by December 2015.


July 6, 2012--Navajo lawmakers reject water rights settlement (Denver Post)

Navajo lawmakers have rejected a settlement to recognize the tribe's water rights from the Little Colorado River basin, likely sending the tribe and its Hopi neighbor back to court

June 6, 2012--State of Colorado to get water-law rewrite? (Durango Herald)

The Southwestern Water Conservation District has joined other agencies in opposing two ballot initiatives that would overturn 160 years of Colorado water law. No longer could individuals claim water under the current “first in time, first in line” standard.


Navajo Water Rights

A recent New York Times article indicated that two Arizona’s senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl, traveled to the Navajo reservation in early April to meet with Navajo and Hopi tribal leaders about a proposed water rights accord that would settle the two tribes’ claims to the Little Colorado River system.


June 23, 2011--Meetings focus on Navajo water rights (Durango Herald)

A proposed project that would divert hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of water from the San Juan River is the focus of a series of public meetings in northwestern New Mexico. The first meeting about the Navajo water-rights settlement was scheduled for Wednesday in Shiprock. More meetings were planned over the next several days in Aztec, Farmington and Bloomfield.


March 31, 2011--Court rules on S. Ute water (Cortez Journal)

A divided state Supreme Court has ruled for several Bayfield-area ditch companies in a water rights dispute with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The 4-3 ruling solidified water rights for the King Consolidated Ditch Co. and seven others.


March 29, 2011--Court finds for Pine River ranchers (Durango Herald)

A divided state Supreme Court has ruled for several Bayfield-area ditch companies in a water-rights dispute with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Tje 4-3 ruling solidified water rights for the King Consolidated Ditch Company and seven others.


February 21, 2011--In Navajoland, a contentious water deal divides the tribe (High Country News)

The Navajo Nation sprawls across about one-tenth of the nearly quarter-million-square-mile Colorado River drainage. But ever since the seven states that depend on the river met to divide its water 88 years ago, the tribe has been pushed into the shadows of river politics.


February 20, 2011--A-LP talks get down to finances (Durango Herald)

The federal Bureau of Reclamation and the state of Colorado are scheduled to begin negotiating Friday on the state’s share of Animas-La Plata Project construction costs. The A-LP, as it’s called, settles Native American water-rights claims and provides water for household or industrial use to three tribes and four nontribal entities.


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