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 documents are arranged alphabetically by settlement. This collection includes a Searchable Map which allows you to search by reservation/Tribe, state, hydrological unit and document type.

Find information about tribal water codes on the Native American Rights Fund Water Codes under the tab: Codes and Ordinances. You may also be interested in the collection: Law of the Rio Chama.

This project is being updated. For assistance with this collection please email libref [at] law.unm.edu

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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

Chippewa-Cree Tribe Water Rights Settlement (Rocky Boy)

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Chickasaw Nation Water Rights Settlement

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 Water Rights Settlement (Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes)

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

Jicarilla Apache Water Settlement

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 (La Jolla, Pala, Pauma, Rincon, San Pasqual)

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 Rights Settlement (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