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Oregon Ranchers Sue U.S. Over Klamath Tribes’ Water Enforcement

May 23, 2019, 3:16 PM

A group of Oregon ranchers allege that the federal government’s delegation of some water enforcement authority to the Klamath Tribes has “drastically curtailed” their water rights.

The 2013 Protocol Agreement provided the Klamath Tribes the authority to call for state enforcement of in-stream water rights—tribal rights to hunting, fishing, and irrigation going back to a 1864 treaty and held by the federal government as trustee for the tribes—for streams in the Upper Klamath Basin in Oregon.

The ranchers allege that the federal government’s acts and omissions in delegating authority to the Klamath Tribes to make these calls, and the resulting ...

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