Category Archives: water rights

DOI Consultation Notice on DOI Reorganization

Download(PDF): Tribal Listening Sessions on E.O. 13871: Reorganization of the Executive Branch Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Michael S. Black, invites Tribal leaders to attend one of the listed listening sessions to provide input on improving “efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability” … Continue reading

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Central Arizona Water Conservation District Responds to Ak-Chin Suit; Seeks Federal Joinder

Here are the new materials in Ak-Chin Indian Community v. Central Arizona Water Conservation District (D. Ariz.): AnswerCC motion Complaint is here.

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Federal Court Dismisses Havasupai Water Rights Claim

Here are the briefs in Havasupai Tribe v. Anasazi Water Co. (D. Ariz.): 15 Anasazi Motion to Order Joinder 18 Halvorson-Seibold Motion to Dismiss 62 Tribe Response to Motion for Joinder 63 Tribe Response to Motion to Dismiss 64 Tribe … Continue reading

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Michelle Bryan on Sacred Water within Prior Appropriation

Michelle Bryan has posted “Valuing Tribal Sacred Water within Prior Appropriation,” published in the Natural Resources Journal. Here is an excerpt from the abstract: Much has been written in the area of waters to support fishing rights under treaty. This … Continue reading

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Ak-Chin Indian Community files suit against Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD)

Here is the complaint in Ak-Chin Indian Community v. Central Arizona Water Conservation District (D. Ariz.): Complaint

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Richard Hughes on Pueblo Water Rights

Richard W. Hughes has published “Pueblo Indian Water Rights: Charting the Unknown” in the Natural Resources Journal, Winter 2017. Here is the abstract: This article examines the so-far-unsuccessful efforts to judicially define and quantify the water rights appurtenant to the … Continue reading

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Map of Proposed Pipelines in Tribal Homelands by Aaron Carapella

Link: Aaron Carapella’s website with larger PDF version.

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Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of Agua Caliente Reserved Groundwater Claims

Here is the opinion in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District: CA9 Opinion   An excerpt: The Coachella Valley Water District (“CVWD”) and the Desert Water Agency (“DWA”) (collectively, the “water agencies”) bring an interlocutory appeal of the … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Materials in Navajo Nation Water Rights Claim to Colorado River

Here are the briefs in Navajo Nation v. Dept. of Interior: Navajo Opening Brief BIA Brief Arizona Brief Nevada Brief Water Districts Brief Navajo Reply   Oral argument video here. Lower court materials here.

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Standing Rock may be the first battle site in Trump’s war on the environment

From the article: “Trump’s orders, in themselves, did not completely undo the Obama administration’s pipeline decisions, but they are clear indicators that such an outcome is in the works. TransCanada, the Keystone project’s owner, is being asked to resubmit the … Continue reading

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