Tribal Water Deals With $449M In Projects Clear Senate Panel

By Jack Newsham (February 4, 2016, 6:42 PM EST) -- The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved state and federal settlements with two Native American tribes on Wednesday that would end decades of litigation over their water rights and allot a total of $449 million for irrigation and water management projects.

If passed by Congress, the bills will allot $420.6 million for the Blackfeet Nation in Montana and the $28.5 million for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in Southern California. The settlements were meant to establish the tribes' disputed water rights, and the Blackfeet Nation will also benefit from money to rehabilitate the Four Horns Dam and the Blackfeet Irrigation...

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