Native American Water Rights Settlement Project


Jicarilla Apache Nation


Jicarilla Apache Water Settlement


Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation




Rio Grande Basin, Upper Colorado Region

HUC Refined

San Juan Basin

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United States

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Federal legislation: Jicarilla Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992, PL 102-441, 106 Stat. 2237. Parties: Jicarilla Apache Nation, NM and the US. The US and the Tribal President are authorized to enter into a Settlement Contract. Sections 3 and 4 of the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact should provide sufficient water. The Contract provides 33,500 a/f/y diversion from the Navajo Reservoir or Navajo River, and 6,500 a/f/y from the San Juan-Chama Project. Tribe is entitled to return flows and may subcontract for beneficial uses off reservation, but such uses are subject to state, federal and international law. The DOI Secretary has a limited amount of time in which to approve the subcontracts. The Jicarilla Apache Water Resources Development Trust Fund is established with the following authorizations: $6M to be dispersed over three years for tribal water resource development costs and the Tribe's costs in connection with the San Juan-Chama Project water. In exchange, cases No. CV-82-1327 JP (DNM) and No. CV-112-77 (US Claims Ct.) must be dismissed and partial final decrees must be entered in general adjudications of the San Juan River (CV-75-184, 11th Jud. Ct, NM) and Chama River (CV-69cv07941 (DNM).) [Source:]


Federal legislation ratifying Settlement. 7-pages.

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