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Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act of 2008


Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians


Soboba Water Rights Settlement


Soboba Indian Reservation




California Region

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California Region


Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians v. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, No. 00–04208 GAF

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Federal Legislation: Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act, PL 110-297, 122 Stat. 2975 (July 31, 2008). The Act ratifies the Settlement Agreement dated June 7, 2006, between the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, US, Eastern Municipal Water District, Lake Hemet Municipal Water District and Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA. The Tribe will receive an adequate and secure future water supply (9,000 acre-feet per year); $18 million from Eastern and Lake Hemet water districts for economic development; $11 million from the federal government for water development; and 128 acres of land near Diamond Valley Lake for commercial development. The surrounding communities will receive final resolution of Soboba’s water rights and damage claims by terminating a lawsuit; 7,500 acre-feet of new imported water until at least 2035; $10 million in federal funds to help recharge the aquifer with the imported water; up to 100 acres of Soboba reservation land for endangered species habitat; up to 4,900 acre-feet of Soboba water for 50 years for basin restoration; and new jobs and economic stimulus from Soboba commercial development.

Act establishes in the Treasury: (1) the San Jacinto Basin Restoration Fund to pay costs associated with the construction/maintenance of the basin recharge project and (2) the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Water Development Fund for costs associated with constructing and maintaining water-related development projects. It provides for waivers and releases of specified claims made by the Tribe and declares that the USA consents to jurisdiction in Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians v. Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA, No. 001-04208. The Tribe may use water made available to it under the Settlement Agreement for any use it deems advisable on the Reservation. [Source:]


Federal Legislation: 10 pages.

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