Category Archives: water rights

Montana SCT Holds Water Rights Associated with Former Crow Allotment but Now Held by Others are Not Part of Tribal Water Right

Here are the materials in In re Scott Ranch: Opinion/Order  Amicus Curiae Brief  Appellant Brief 

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Pyramid Lake Paiute Wins More Water in Ninth Circuit

Here is the unpublished memorandum in Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Indians v. Board of Directors of the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. Briefs: Pyramid Lake Opening Brief Response Brief Reply Brief Oral argument video is here.

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New Scholarship on Indigenous Water Justice

Jason A. Robison, Barbara A. Cosens, Sue Jackson, Kelsey Leonard, and Daniel McCool have posted “Indigenous Water Justice” on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Indigenous Peoples are struggling for water justice across the globe. These struggles stem from centuries-long, ongoing … Continue reading

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Aamodt Case Finally Concludes

Here is “Santa Fe County water rights suit reaches milestone after 51 years.”

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Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Crow Allottees Challenge to Water Compact

Here is the order in Crow Allottees Assn. v. Bureau of Indian Affairs: Crow Allottees Memorandum Opinion Briefs: Opening Brief Federal Answer Brief Reply Lower court materials here.

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Water District Files Cert Petition in Agua Caliente Water Rights Matter

Here is the petition in Coachella Valley Water District v. Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians: Coachella Cert Petition Question presented: Whether, when, and to what extent the federal reserved right doctrine recognized in Winters v. United States, 207 U.S. 564 (1908), preempts state-law regulation … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Decides US v. Gila River Irrigation District

Here are the materials, including the opinion: USA v Gila Valley Irrigation District Opinion US Opening Brief GRIC and SCAT Appellants Brief Freeport Minerals Brief Irrigation Districts Brief US Reply San Carlos Apache Tribe Reply Gila River Indian Community Reply … Continue reading

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Federal Court Orders Agua Caliente Indian Reserved Water Rights Case to Phase II

Here is the order in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District (C.D. Cal.): Doc 180 Order. Granting Plaintiff’s Motion to Lift Stay and Proceed with Phase (IN CHAMBERS) 

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Federal Claims Court Dismisses Crow Creek Sioux Water Rights Takings Claim

Here are the materials in Crow Creek Sioux Tribe v. United States (Fed. Cl.): 6 Motion to Dismiss 12 Response 17 Reply 22 DCT Order An excerpt: Plaintiff Crow Creek has sued the United States through the Department of the … Continue reading

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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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