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Oregon Ranchers Seek Supreme Court Review of Tribal Water Rights

Oct. 13, 2021, 9:26 PM

A group of Oregon ranchers and landowners are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the federal government has the power to make a final decision over tribes’ water rights.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in March that the Klamath Tribes can independently implement their instream water rights held in trust.

This decision “perversely inverts the default federal-Indian relationship” and assumes that tribes can tell the federal government how to manage tribal trust assets, the ranchers say in their petition.

The tribes and federal government made calls for lower flows of water through the ...

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