9th Circ. Upholds Calif. Tribe's Groundwater Rights

Law360, New York (March 7, 2017, 12:28 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court ruling extending the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ water rights to groundwater in the Coachella Valley, saying the federal government set those rights aside for the tribe when it created its reservation.

A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday affirmed a tribe's rights to groundwater in the Coachella Valley in a dispute with two California water agencies. (AP) In a published opinion, a three-judge panel affirmed a California district court’s partial summary judgment ruling in favor of the tribe and against two California water agencies in federal court in the first phase...

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