Native American Water Rights Settlement Project


San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians


Pala Band of Luiseño Mission Indians of the Pala Reservation, San Pasqual Band of Diegueño Mission Indians of California


San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement


San Pasqual Reservation


Pala Indian Reservation, San Pasqual Indian Reservation




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Federal Legislation: San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988, PL 100-675, 102 Stat. 4000 (Nov. 17, 1988). Parties: La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians, located in San Diego County, CA, US, CA, Escondido Mutual Water Company and Vista Irrigation District. The federal legislation was passed before the settlement agreement was developed. The purpose of the Act is to develop a reliable source of water for the Bands and to resolve their federal reserved water rights in the upper San Luis Rey River System. Title I sets up the Indian Water Authority, authorizes the US to find a supplemental water supply of not to exceed 16K afy and the San Luis Rey Tribal Development Fund. The Act authorizes $30M plus interest for the fund. San Luis Rey River Indian Water Authority is an intertribal entity established by the Bands. Supplemental water means water from a groundwater from public lands, conserved water from the lining of the All American Canal and water obtained through contract with the MWDSC. The US will not pay for development and delivery of the water. Title II concerns the lining of American Canal in order to conserve water lost to seepage and to help provide water contractors for Co. River water. The Bands will benefit through their contracts with MWDSC. The Act does not become effective and monies are not available until a settlement agreement is signed and court cases resolved. [Source:]


Federal legislation: 12 pages.

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