Northern Paiute Tribe, Western Shoshone Tribe


Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony


Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Indian Tribes Water Rights Settlement


Fallon Reservation and Colony


Fallon Indian Reservation




Great Basin Region

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Great Basin

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United States

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Federal Legislation & Settlement: The Fallon Paiute Shoshone Indian Tribes Water Rights Settlement Act of 1990 (PL 101-618, 104 Stat. 3289). There is no separate Settlement Agreement. Title I -- Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribal Settlement Act creates the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribal Settlement Fund and authorizes appropriations of $3 M for 1992 and $8 M for each of 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 for a total of $43M. The income of the fund is authorized for Tribal economic development, rehabilitation of the irrigation system, acquisition of water rights and other listed purposes. The Tribes will develop a management plan in consultation with the DOI Secretary for the settlement fund. Only income from the principle can be obligated or expended. All water rights (up to 8,453.55 a/f/y) and properties acquired in Churchill or Lyon counties to be held in trust by the US and become a part of the reservation. Water drawn from the Newlands Reclamation Project is not to exceed 10,587.5 a/f/y. The Tribes will develop a plan for rehabilitation of the irrigation system. The Tribes are authorized, among other things, to consolidate Reservation landholdings or water rights and eliminate heirship interests. The Tribes agree to release all claims against the US or in law suits and accepts limitations on use of Newlands Reclamation Project, and indemnify the US against monetary claims by landowners holding water rights on the Reservation. TJ drain system will be closed.

Title II - Truckee-Carson-Pyramid Lake Water Settlement Sec. 206: this Title provides that the Secretary and Nevada are authorized to acquire water rights, with or without lands, for the Fallon Indian Reservation wetlands and such water rights will be managed by the Secretary in consultation with the Tribes. The Secretary is authorized to take actions to prevent, correct or mitigate adverse water quality and fish and wildlife habitat conditions attributable to the Newlands Project; and consult with the Tribes where their lands and drains are involved. Naval Air Station at Fallon, NV and the Secretary will develop land and water management plans that will be in keeping with the trust responsibility to the Tribes. Sec 209 expands the authorized purposes of the Newlands Project to include municipal and industrial water supply for the Tribes among others. [Sourde: (searchable);]


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