Native American Water Rights Settlement Project (NAWRS)
 

The Native American Water Rights Settlement Project (NAWRS) 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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Browse the Native American Water Rights Settlement Project (NAWRS) Collections:

Aamodt Litigation Settlement (Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso and Tesuque)

Ak-Chin Water Rights Settlement

Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement

Chickasaw Nation

Chippewa-Cree Tribe-MT Compact (Rocky Boy)

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Colorado Utes Water Settlement (Southern Utes & Ute Mountain Utes)

Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement

Duck Valley Water Rights Settlement

Fallon Paiute Shoshone Indian Tribe Water Rights Settlement

Fort Belknap Indian Water Rights Settlement (Gros Ventre & Assiniboine Tribes)

Fort Hall Indian Water Rights Settlement (Shoshone-Bannock Tribes)

Fort McDowell Water Rights Settlement

Fort Peck - MT Compact

Gila River Indian Community Water Rights Settlement (Akimel O'Odham & Pee Posh)

Jicarilla Apache Water Settlement

Native American Water Rights Settlement Project

Navajo Nation San Juan Basin, New Mexico Water Rights Settlement

Nez Perce Tribe Water Rights Settlement

Northern Cheyenne Indian Reserved Water Rights Settlement

Pyramid Lake Paiute Water Rights Settlement

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Water Rights Settlement

San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement

San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement

Seminole Water Rights Settlement

Shivwits Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Water Rights Settlement

Soboba Water Rights Settlement

Taos Pueblo Water Rights Settlement

Tohono O'odham Water Rights Settlement

Ute Indian Water Compact (Utah)

Warm Springs Water Rights Settlement (Wasco & Paiute Tribes)

White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement

Yavapai-Prescott Tribe Water Rights Settlement

Zuni Heaven Settlement