Native American Water Rights Settlement Project

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Title XXXVII - San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992, San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement


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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Federal Legislation: San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992, Title 37 of An Act to authorize additional appropriations for the construction of the Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir, Shoshone Project, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, Wyoming (Oct. 30, 1992) PL 102-575, 106 Stat. 4600, 4740. Parties: San Carlos Apache Tribe, US, AZ, Salt River Project Agricultural Improve and Power District, 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. Tribe is a part of the Gila Water Rights Adjudication. This Act ratifies the agreement between the Tribe and several neighboring communities, but does not resolve all Tribal water right claims under the Gila adjudication. 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. US shall reallocate, for the exclusive use of the Tribe, all of the water referred to in subsection (f)(2) of Sec. 2 of the Act of October 19, 1984 (98 Stat. 2698) except that required for Ak-Chin. US shall reallocate to the Tribe 14,655 a/f/y from the CAP having a municipal and industrial priority, which was previously allocated to Phelps Dodge Corp. US shall reallocate to the Tribe 3,480 a/f/y from the CAP that was previously allocated to Globe, AZ. The Tribe shall pay for operation, maintenance and replacement costs associated with such CAP water US shall amend the CAP water delivery contracts between the US and the Ak-Chin Indian Community dated December 11, 1980 and October 2, 1985 as necessary to satisfy Section 3704(a) of this title. US will construct new facilities for delivery of 12,700 a/f of CAP water allocated to the Tribe at a cost not exceeding the cost of the construction. The San Carlos Apache Tribe Development Trust Fund is established with $3 million provided by AZ and $38.4 million from the US. The US for the Tribe will develop a groundwater management plan. [Source:]


Federal Legislation: 23 pages.

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