Native American Water Rights Settlement Project

The Native American Water Rights Settlement Project is a collection of documents that formalize recognition of Native American water rights in the United States.

The project is supported by the Native American Rights Fund, the National Congress of American Indians and the Western States Water Council. Our funding partners include the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Foundation.

THE PROJECT IS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING AN UPGRADE SO THE FOLLOWING DOES NOT NECESSARILY APPLY.

The repository arranges by documents by settlement. It includes a map search-tool which allows searches by reservation/Tribe, by state, by hydrological unit and by document type. Red lines indicate reservations, green-fill with red borders indicate reservations with documents, dotted lines indicate states and blue lines indicate hydrological units. The map search tool can be accessed here:

Searchable Map (Link opens in new window)

Find information about tribal water codes from the Native American Rights Fund Water Codes (Link opens in new window). Click on Codes and Ordinances tab.

For assistance, comments and suggestions, please email Darcy Bushnell

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Submissions from 2016

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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation Water Settlement, United States 114th Congress

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Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act of 2016, US 114th Congress

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Partial Final Judgment and Decree of the Water Rights of the Pueblos of Nambé, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque, USDC, DCNM

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Partial Final Judgment and Decree on the Water Rights of Taos Pueblo, USDC, DCNM

Submissions from 2014

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Final Unified Decree for the Snake River Basin Adjudication, District Court of the Fifth Judicial District of the State of Idaho, in and for the County of Twin Falls

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Final Unified Decree for the Snake River Basin Adjudication, Fifth Judicial District Court, Twin Falls County, Idaho

Final Unified Decree for the Snake River Basin Adjudication, Fifth Judicial District Court, Twin Falls County, Idaho

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White Mountain Apache Water Rights Quantification Settlement Judgment and Decree, Superior Court of Apache County, Az.

Submissions from 2013

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Partial Final Judgment and Decree of the Water Rights of the Navajo Nation, 11th Judicial District Court, San Juan County, New Mexico

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Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation - No Federal Legislation was enacted, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, MT

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Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation Water Rights - No Federal Legislation, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation et al

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Amended and Restated White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Agreement, Settlement Parties

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Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Agreement, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, United States, Taos Valley Acequia Assn & its 54 Member Acequias, Town of Taos, El Prado Water & Sanitation District, and 12 Taos Area Mutual Domestic Water Consumers’ Assns.

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Aamodt Cost-Sharing & System Integration Agreement (2013), United States and State of New Mexico

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Aamodt Litigation Settlement Agreement (Pueblos of Nambé, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso & Tesuque), United States, State of New Mexico, Pueblo of Tesuque, Pueblo of San Ildefonso, Pueblo of Nambé, and Pueblo of Pojoaque

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Procedural & Scheduling Order for Review of Proposed Settlement Agreement & Partial Final Decree (Taos), USDC, DCNM

Submissions from 2012

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Settlement Agreement - 2012 Place Holder, Settlement Parties

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Order of Determination of Water Rights for the Owyhee River and its Tributaries, including the rights of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Nevada, and United States

Submissions from 2011

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Supplemental Partial Final Decree of the Water Rights of the Navajo Nation, 11th Judicial District, San Juan County, State of New Mexico

Submissions from 2010

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Navajo Nation San Juan Basin in New Mexico Water Rights Settlement Agreement of 2010, Navajo Nation, New Mexico, and United States

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Crow Water Rights Settlement Act of 2010, United States 111th Congress

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Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 2010, United States 111th Congress

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Title III -- White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification of 2010, Sec. 301 - White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification, White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010, United States 111th Congress

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Title VI - Aamodt Litigation Settlement, Aamodt Litigation Settlement of 2010, United States 111th Congress

Submissions from 2009

Blackfeet Tribe - MT - US Compact, MT, Blackfeet Nation, and USA

Navajo Nation Water Settlement & Northwestern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Acts of 2009 (includes funding mechanism for 3 tribal water settlements in NM), United States 111th Congress

Navajo Nation Water Settlement & Northwestern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Acts of 2009 (includes funding mechanism for 3 tribal water settlements in NM), United States 111th Congress

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Navajo Nation Water Settlement & Northwestern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Acts of 2009 (includes funding mechanism for 3 tribal water settlements in NM), United States 111th Congress

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Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, United States 111th Congress

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Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation Water Rights Settlement Act, United States 111th Congress

Submissions from 2008

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Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act, United States 110th Congress

Submissions from 2007

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Consent Decree Approving Entry of Partial Final Decrees Determining the Rights of the US as Trustee for the Benefit of the Nez Perce Tribe & the Nez Perce Tribe to the Use of Water in the Snake River Basin within Idaho and the Partial Final Decrees Determining Minimum Stream Flow Water Rights Held by the Idaho Water Resources Board, District Court of the Fifth Judicial District of the State of Idaho in and for the County of Twin Falls

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Order Granting Joint Motion for Approval and Entry of Consent Decree Approving Entry of Final Decrees Determining the Rights of the United States as Trustee for the Benefit of the Nez Perce Tribe to the Use of Water in the Snake River Basin within Idaho and Partial Final Decrees Determining Minimum Stream Flow Water Rights Held by the Idaho Water Resource Board, District Court of the Fifth Judicial District of the State of Idaho in and for the County of Twin Falls

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Amended and Restated Gila River Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Agreement Oct. 21, 2005, Amendment No. 2, 2007, Gila River Indian Community, et al

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2007 Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Water Resource Code, The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Submissions from 2006

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Revised Consent Decree Approving Entry of Partial Decrees Determining the Rights of the United States as Trustee for the Benefit of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes to the Use of Water in the Snake River Basin within Idaho, Fifth Judicial District Court, Twin Falls County, Idaho

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Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Gila River Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Agreement (2006), Gila River Indian Community, et al

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Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Agreement, Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians et al

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Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribes Settlement Act of 2006, United States 109th Congress

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Fort McDowell Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Revision Act of 2006, United States 109th Congress

Submissions from 2005

Scheduling Order and Notices of Hearing, Re: Implementation of Nez Perce Settlement Agreement, In Re SRBA Case No. 39576, Fifth Judicial District of the State of Idaho in and for the County of Twin Falls

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2005 Amended and Restated Gila River Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Agreement, Gila River Indian Community, et al

Joint Motion for Approval of Consent Decree and Entry of Final Partial Decrees (including Nez Perce Tribe) and Scheduling Order, In Re SRBA Case No. 39576, Nez Perce Tribe, ID, and USA

Submissions from 2004

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Water Conservation Plan, Rocky Boy / North Central Montana Regional Water System (2004), HKM Engineering

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Special Master's Term Sheet for Nez Perce Tribe Water Rights, Nez Perce Tribe, USA, and Idaho

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AZ Water Rights Settlement of 2004, United States 108th Congress

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AZ Water Rights Settlement of 2004, United States 108th Congress

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AZ Water Rights Settlement of 2004, United States 108th Congress

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Gila River Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act of 2004, United States 108th Congress

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Nez Perce Tribe - Snake River Water Rights Act of 2004, United States 108th Congress

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Amendment No. 1 to the Zuni Indian Tribe Water Rights Settlement Agreement in the Little Colorado River Basin, Zuni Indian Tribe et al

Submissions from 2003

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Tohono O'odham Settlement, Tonhono O'odham Nation et al

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Zuni Indian Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2003, United States 108th Congress

Submissions from 2002

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Memorandum Opinion re Chippewa Cree Tribe-MT Compact, MT Water Court

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Zuni Indian Tribe Water Rights Settlement in the Little CO River Basin, Zuni Indian Tribe et al

Submissions from 2001

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Fort Belknap-MT Compact of 2001, Montana

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Shivwits Band of The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Water Rights Settlement Agreement, Shivwits Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of UT et al

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United States' Statement of Claims of Water Rights in the New Mexico San Juan River Basin on Behalf of the Navajo Tribe, United States

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Memorandum Opinion re Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Water Court of State of Montana

Submissions from 2000

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2000 Amendments to Ak-Chin Water Use Act of 1984, United States 106th Congress

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2000 Amendments to Colorado Utes Settlement Act of 1988, United States 106th Congress

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Shivwits Band of The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2000, United States 106th Congress

Submissions from 1999

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Crow Tribe, Montana & US Compact of 2007, Montana

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San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Agreement of 1999, San Carlos Apache Tribe et al

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Fort Hall Indian Water Rights Act of 1990, United States 101st Congress

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Chippewa-Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation Indian Reserved Water Rights Settlement and Water Supply Enhancement Act of 1999, United States 106th Congress

Submissions from 1998

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1998 Amendment to Jicarilla Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992, United States 105th Congress

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San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988, Amendment of Oct. 14, 1998, United States 105th Congress

Submissions from 1997

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San Carlos Apache Tribe Amendments to Act of 1992, 1997 Amendment to the San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement, 105th Congress

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Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation Water Rights Settlement Agreement, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation et al

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Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation Compact, MT and Chippewa-Cree Tribe

Submissions from 1996

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1996 Amendment to the San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement, United States 104th Congress

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Jicarilla Apache Water Rights Settlement Act Amendment of 1996, United States 104th Congress

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San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement of 1992, Amendment of 1996, United States 104th Congress

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An Act to require the Secretary of Commerce to Convey to the Commonwealth of MA the National Marine Fisheries Service laboratory located on Emerson Avenue in Gloucester, MA, United States 110th Congress

Submissions from 1995

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Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 1996, Title V, General Provisions, Sec 507, United States 104th Congress

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Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe Water Rights Settlement of June 29, 1995, Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe et al

Submissions from 1994

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An Act to Provide for the Settlement of the Water Rights Claims of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe in Yavapai County, AZ, and for Other Purposes, United States 103rd Congress

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Northern Cheyenne Indian Reserved Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992, Amendments of 1994, United States 103rd Congress

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San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act Amendments of 1994, United States 103rd Congress

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San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992, Amendment of 1994, United States 103rd Congress

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Yavapai-Prescott Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 1994, United States 103rd Congress

Submissions from 1993

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Fort McDowell Indian Community Water Settlement (Yavapai Nation), Fort McDowell Indian Community; United States; State of Arizona; Salt River Valley Water User's Association; Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District; Roosevelt Water Conservation District; Central Arizona Water Conservation District; Phoenix, AZ; Scottsdale, AZ; Glendale, AZ; Mesa, AZ; Tempe, AZ; Chandler, AZ; and Town of Gilbert

Submissions from 1992

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Contract Between the United States and the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Nation and United States

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An Act To authorize additional appropriations for the construction of the Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir, Shoshone Project, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, WY of 1992, United States 102nd Congress

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Jicarilla Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992, United States 102nd Congress

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Northern Cheyenne Indian Reserved Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992, United States 102nd Congress

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Ute Indian Rights Settlement Act, United States 102nd Congress

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1992 Amendments 1984 Ak-Chin Water Act, United States 102th Congress

Submissions from 1991

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Northern Cheyenne Tribe Water Rights Compact, Northern Cheyenne Tribe and MT

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An Act Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1992, and for other purposes, United States 102nd Congress

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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988, Amendments of 1991, United States 102nd Congress

Submissions from 1990

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Fort McDowell Indian Community Water Rights Settlement of 1990 Act, 104th Congress

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Fort Hall Indian Water Rights Settlement Agreement of 1990, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, State of Idaho, and United States

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Fallon Paiute Shoshone Indian Tribes Water Rights Settlement Act of 1990, United States 101st Congress

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Fallon Paiute Shoshone IndianTribes Water Rights Settlement Act of 1990, United States 101st Congress

Submissions from 1988

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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Agreement of 1988, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community et al

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Colorado Utes Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988, United States 100th Congress

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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988, United States 100th Congress

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San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988, United States 100th Congress