In November of 2010, the Congress passed the Claims Resolution Act and on December 8, President Obama signed it into law. Title V of the Claims Act, the Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act, settles the Pueblo portion of the Abeyta case and approves an agreement signed in 2006 by officials from Taos Pueblo, the State of New Mexico, and other interested water rights owners in the Taos area. The settlement act also helps resolve the non-Indian portion of Abeyta. The measure quantifies Taos Pueblo’s water rights and protects the interests of local acequias, the Town of Taos, and other water users. In late2013, the court opened the inter se phase of the adjudication of Taos Pueblo’s water rights. The Utton Center’s Stell Ombudsman Program facilitated public meetings during the inter se phase.

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2009, updated 2013 by Darcy Bushnell. Contributors: Arianne Singer, Tanya Trujillo, and Jerold Widdison.



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