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Indian Water Rights Settlements – Issues for Consideration From a State and Water User Perspective

This paper was originally presented at the American Bar Association 35th Annual Water Law Conference, March 28-29, 2017 ABSTRACT Indian water rights settlements have played and will continue to play an important role in resolving conflict over shared water resources throughout the United States. …

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A Historic Moment in Indian Water Rights in New Mexico: Entry of the Aamodt Final Decree

The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico entered its final decree in State of New Mexico, ex rel. State Engineer v. Aamodt, a state stream adjudication filed in 1966 (Aamodt) to determine the rights of water users in…

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Don’t Let the Well Run Dry: Management and Use of Groundwater in Times of Scarcity

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Indian Reserved Water Rights: Groundwater Included

Most Native American tribes have at least some land that was reserved by the federal government for the purpose of creating a homeland for the Tribe. Under the Winters doctrine, established by the United States Supreme Court in 1908,[1. Winters v. United States, 207…

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Affirming A State’s Sovereignty Over Its Allocated Water, Supreme Court Upholds Red River Compact

On Thursday, June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion, authored by Justice Sotomayor, in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Hermann, ruling that the Red River Compact did not permit a Texas water district to acquire water from within Oklahoma’s sovereign…


Water and Renewable Energy Generation in the Western United States: An Overview of Current Challenges and Opportunities

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New Mexico Court of Appeals Says No To Federal Reserved Water Rights for State School Lands

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Update on Water Law

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