Akimel O’otham (Pima) Tribe, Pee-Posh (Maricopa) Tribe


Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation


Gila River Indian Community Water Rights Settlement


Gila River Indian Community


Gila River Indian Reservation




Lower Colorado Region

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Lower Colorado

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Settlement Agreement: Amended and Restated Gila River Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Agreement (Oct. 21, 2005). Parties: Gila River Indian Community; US; AZ; Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District; Salt River Valley Water Users' Association; Roosevelt Irrigation District; Roosevelt Water Conservation District; Arizona Water Company; the Arizona cities of Casa Grande, Chandler, Coolidge, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Safford, Scottsdale, and Tempe; the Arizona towns of Florence, Mammoth, Kearny, Duncan and Gilbert; Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation & Drainage District; Central Arizona Irrigation & Drainage District; Franklin Irrigation District; Gila Valley Irrigation District, San Carlos Irrigation & Drainage District; Hohokam Irrigation & Drainage District; Buckeye Irrigation Company; Buckeye Water Conservation & Drainage District; Central Arizona Water Conservation District; Phelps Dodge Corporation; and Arizona Game and Fish Commission. The agreement affords the Community a diversion right average of 653,500 afy for use on the reservation; CAP water; and the right to lease certain water. The Community agrees to enact a water code and recognize certain allottee rights. The agreement has provisions for groundwater diversion and use, including metering provisions; protections for Community groundwater from off-reservation pumping; groundwater storage and recovery provisions. The agreement addresses several decrees and agreements, including the Globe Equity Decree. The Bureau of Reclamation will design and construct new water delivery facilities. CAP water is exchanged and/or reallocated to supply the Community’s water rights. Shortage sharing is covered including sharing between tribes. Stored, carryover and drain water; system carrying capacity; subsidence damage; and water quality are addressed. Applicability of reclamation laws and financial provisions; waivers and releases; court decrees, dismissals and judgments are covered. Several funds, state contributions and capita distributions are addressed. The status of the Community’s rights in relation to several tribes and others is covered. Exhibits include maps, waivers, agreements, court documents, reports, contracts, legal descriptions, descriptions of methodology, graphs, licenses, schedules and claims. These exhibits are numbered according to the paragraph in which they are referenced. [Source:]


Settlement agreement with exhibits: 3373 pages.

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