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Navajo Nation Wins Revival of Colorado River Water Rights Suit

April 28, 2021, 7:37 PM

The Navajo Nation can pursue its lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to secure water from the Colorado River for the reservation, the Ninth Circuit said Wednesday, reversing a lower court’s dismissal of the tribe’s breach of trust claim.

The tribe doesn’t seek a judge’s determination of its rights to the river, which the Interior Department says would fall under the Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Instead, the tribe seeks an order for Interior to determine the extent to which it needs water, to develop a plan to secure ...

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