Native American Water Rights Settlement Project
 

Tribes

Zuni Tribe

Tribes

Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation

Settlement

Zuni Heaven Settlement

Reservation

Zuni Pueblo

Reservation

Zuni Indian Reservation

State

AZ

Watershed

Lower Colorado Region

Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC)

Lower Colorado River Basin

Document Type

Other

Publisher

United States

Publication Date

6-23-2003

Abstract

Federal Legislation: Zuni Indian Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2003, PL 108-34, 117 Stat. 782 (June 23, 2003). Parties: Zuni Tribe, US, AZ. The Act ratifies the Settlement Agreement concerning Zuni Indian Tribe water rights in the Little CO River basin, AZ. It authorizes appropriations for acquisition of water rights and associated lands and, for fiscal years 2004 through 2006; and for actions necessary to restore, rehabilitate, and maintain the Zuni Heaven Reservation, including the Sacred Lake, wetlands, and riparian areas. The US shall take legal title of specified lands in the Gila and Salt River Base and Meridian into trust for the benefit of the Zuni Tribe. The Act declares that these lands shall not have federal reserved rights to surface water or groundwater but may have state law rights. It requires the Zuni to make payments in lieu of all current State, county, and local ad valorem taxes that would otherwise apply if those lands were not held in trust. The Tribe, AZ, and Apache County will enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement for the management of the lands. The Act establishes and authorizes appropriations of $19.250M to the Zuni Indian Tribe Water Rights Development Fund, to be allocated among specified activities, including the acquisition of water rights for 2,350 acre-feet per year and restoration of the Zuni Heaven Reservation. The Tribe shall create a Tribal management plan for the Fund. The water may be put to any use. The Tribe shall adopt a water code. Zuni Heaven has been in the AZ Superior Court, County of Apache in Civil No. 6417, In re General Adjudication of All Rights to Use Water in the Little Colorado River System and Source since 1979. [Source: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-117/pdf/STATUTE-117-Pg782.pdf]

Comments

Federal legislation: 18 pages.

Permanent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21892

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