Native American Water Rights Settlement Project

The Native American Water Rights Settlement Project is a collection of documents that formalize recognition of Native American water rights in the United States.

The project is supported by the Native American Rights Fund, the National Congress of American Indians and the Western States Water Council. Our funding partners include the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Foundation.

THE PROJECT IS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING AN UPGRADE SO THE FOLLOWING DOES NOT NECESSARILY APPLY.

The repository arranges by documents by settlement. It includes a map search-tool which allows searches by reservation/Tribe, by state, by hydrological unit and by document type. Red lines indicate reservations, green-fill with red borders indicate reservations with documents, dotted lines indicate states and blue lines indicate hydrological units. The map search tool can be accessed here:

Searchable Map (Link opens in new window)

Find information about tribal water codes from the Native American Rights Fund Water Codes (Link opens in new window). Click on Codes and Ordinances tab.

For assistance, comments and suggestions, please email Darcy Bushnell

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Submissions from 1988

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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988, United States 100th Congress

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San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988, United States 100th Congress

Submissions from 1987

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Water Rights Compact Among Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida and South Florida Water Management District, Seminole Tribe of Florida et al

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Florida Indian (Seminole) Land Claims Settlement Act, United States 100th Congress

Submissions from 1986

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Colorado Ute Indian Water Rights Final Settlement Agreement of Dec. 19, 1986, State of Colorado; Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe; Southern Ute Indian Tribe; United States Department of the Interior; United States Department of Justice; Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District; Dolores Water Conservancy District; Florida Water Conservancy District; Mancos Water Conservancy District; Southwestern Water Conservation District; City of Durango; Town of Pagosa Springs; Florida Farmers Ditch Company; Florida Canal Company; and Fairfield Communities, Inc.

Submissions from 1985

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Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation Compact, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, MT

Submissions from 1984

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Ak-Chin Settlement Act of 1984, United States 98th Congress

Submissions from 1983

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1983 Agreement in Principle to Revise Ak-Chin Water Settlement, US Department of the Interior and Ak-Chin Indian Community

Submissions from 1982

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Tohono O'odham Water Rights Settlement Act of 1982, United States 97th Congress

Submissions from 1980

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Ute Indian Water Compact, Utah

Submissions from 1978

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Ak-Chin Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 1978, United States 95th Congress

Submissions from 1977

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Answer of Intervening Defendant, The Navajo Nation, Navajo Nation