Native American Water Rights Settlement Project
 

Tribes

Ak-Chin - Akimel O'odham, Ak-Chin - Tohono O'odham, Ak-Chin - Hia-Ced O'odham

Tribes

Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation

Settlement

Ak-Chin Water Rights Settlement

Reservation

Maricopa Indian Reservation

Reservation

Maricopa Indian Reservation

State

AZ

Watershed

Lower Colorado Region

Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC)

Lower Colorado

Document Type

Federal legislation

Publisher

United States

Publication Date

7-28-1978

Abstract

Federal Legislation: Ak-Chin Indian Community Water Rights Act of 1978. (PL 95-328, 92 Stat. 409) This Act provides emergency irrigation water in face of a declining water table brought on by US failure to prevent mining of groundwater and to avoid litigation. The Ak-Chin has an agricultural based economy. The US will construct a well field and water delivery system from nearby Federal lands for 85,000 afa to meet Ak-Chin’s emergency irrigation needs. US will provide a permanent supply of water in a fixed amount by a date certain (Ak-Chin 1984 Amendment PL 98-530 sets Jan. 1, 1988 ) in exchange for a waiver of all current and future claims against the US, persons, corporations, municipalities under state or federal law, excepting Ak-Chin's claims against the US for breach. Damages for a breach shall be in the cost of replacement water for that not delivered by the US. Appropriations are authorized: 500,000 dollars for fiscal year ending Sep. 30, 1979, and 42,500,000M before fiscal year ending Sep. 30, 1983. First Indian Water Rights Settlement. [Source: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=STATUTE&browsePath=1977%2FPUBLICLAW&isCollapsed=false&leafLevelBrowse=false&isDocumentResults=true&ycord=1188 or Google “GPO PL 95-328, 92 Stat. 409”; Public Laws 95-224 through 95-472, PDF 198854 KB; USA Statutes at Large (Digitized). USA Statutes at Large, Vol. 92, 95th Congress, 2nd Sess. from Jan. 1, 1978]

Comments

Federal Legislation for funding for emergency irrigation needs. (3 pages)

Permanent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21746

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