Professors, Tribes Ask 9th Circ. To Affirm Groundwater Ruling

By Hannah Sheehan (February 22, 2016, 7:48 PM EST) -- Eleven law professors, a cadre of Native American tribes and several tribal organizations asked the Ninth Circuit Thursday to uphold a California district court's ruling extending the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' federal reserved water rights to groundwater in the Coachella Valley.

In a pair of amici briefs, the professors, tribes and affiliated groups told the appeals court that the district court got it right in finding that federal law protects the tribe's right to groundwater resources and asked the court to toss a bid from the Desert Water Agency and the Coachella Valley Water District to overturn the lower...

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