Tule River Tribe Water Rights Settlement

 

tule_riverThe 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

Introduction

One Page  Summary

Tule River  Water Rights Timeline of Historic Background and Efforts by the Tribe to  Achieve a Settlement of its Water Rights

Final  Tule River Indian Tribe Water Settlement Technical Report (June 2013)

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

Summary  of the Tule River Indian Tribe Water Rights Settlement Agreement Between the  Tribe, the Tule River Association, and the South Tule Independent Ditch Company

Testimony of Ryan Garfield on behalf of the Tule River Tribe in Support of S. 789 (July 23, 2009)

Oral Remarks of Alec Garfield on behalf of the Tule River Tribe in Support of H.R. 2535 (September 25, 2007)

Testimony  of Philip G. Larson, President, South Tule Independent Ditch Company. Re: H.R.  2535, the Tule River Tribe Water Development Act. (September 25, 2007)

Letter  from R. L. Schafer, Secretary-Watermaster, Tule River Association. Re: HR 2535,  Tule River Tribe Water Development Act. (September 21, 2007)

Tule  River Tribe Reserved Water Rights Settlement Agreement Between the Tule River Indian  Tribe, the Tule River Association, and the South Tule Independent Ditch  Company. (November 2007)

2011  Technical Studies Timeline

Letters  of Support

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