Native American Water Rights Settlement Project


Ndeh San Carlos Apache Nation


San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation


San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement


San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation


San Carlos Indian Reservation




Lower Colorado Region

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Lower Colorado

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United States

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Settlement Agreement: San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Agreement (Mar. 30, 1999) Parties: San Carlos Apache Tribe, US, AZ, Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement & Power District, Salt River Valley Water Users Assn., Roosevelt Water Conservation District, Buckeye Irrigation District, Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert and Central AZ Water Conservation District. This Settlement Agreement resolves the water rights as between these parties in the Gila Water Rights Adjudication of AZ. Other claims remain to be resolved. Neighboring non-Indian communities will relinquish to approximately 58,735 a/f of surface water to the Tribe, provide storage behind Coolidge Dam on the Gila River, and make contributions to carry out these provisions. The Tribe has a right to 7, 300 afy with a priority of Nov. 9, 1871 from the Salt or Black River water. The Act addresses after added lands; effluent developed on the Reservation; metering of surface water use; annual reporting; excess diversions; provisions of the Globe Equity Decree; storage behind the Coolidge Dam; reallocation of unused Ak-chin water; leasing; water exchange contracts; rehabilitation of old facilities and construction of new facilities; urbanized lands; and allotments . The US will reallocate 14,665 afy of CAP water having a municipal and industrial priority from the Phelps Dodge allocation. US will allocate 12,700 annual of CAP water. Treasury has established the San Carlos Apache Tribe Development Trust Fund. Other parties’ rights, contracts and greements are acknowledged [Source:]


Settlement Agreement with exhibits: Total 291 pages; agreement 50 pages.

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