Tule River Tribe Water Rights Settlement
The Tule River Tribe is currently engaged in Water Rights settlement negotiations with the United States, acting as trustee for the tribe, and downstream users of water from the South Fork of the Tule River.
The Tribe is represented in the negotiations by the Tule River Water Rights Negotiation Team, under the Chairmanship of Alec Garfield.
The purpose of the on-going negotiations is to confirm under law the federally reserved Water Rights of the Tribe and to secure federal funding to enable the tribe to put its Water Rights to use.
The Tribe’s ultimate goal is to confirm federally reserved water rights sufficient to secure permanent self-sustaining homeland for the Tribe. The Tribe is cautiously optimistic that the on-going negotiations will result in a fair settlement of the Tribe’s federally reserved water rights.
Water Rights Settlement Briefing Materials
Briefing Materials Packet (August 2013)
Indian Water Rights Settlements are Not Earmarks
Indian Water Settlements Generally
S. Hrg. 112-634
H.R. Report 111-390
H.R. Report 111-395
H.R. Report 110-649
H.R. Report 110-815
155 Cong. Rec. S162-01
TPMDC Article on Earmarks
Resolution of WSWC
Western Gov’s Assn. Letter
Taxpayers for Common Sense Article
CNN Article on Earmarks
The Water Report: Indian Water Settlements, Outlook for the 112th Congress and BLM and USFS One Pager
Chart of Approved Settlements
President’s Budget Requests for Settlements
Robert T. Anderson, Indian Water Rights: Litigation and Settlements, 42 Tulsa L. Rev. 23 (2006). Available at http://digitalcommons.law.utulsa.edu/tlr/vol42/iss1/3
Robert T. Anderson, Indian Water Rights, Practical Reasoning, and Negotiated Settlements (July 29, 2010). California Law Review. Available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1650485