Calif. Tribe Has No Federal Groundwater Right, Justices Told

Law360, New York (July 6, 2017, 5:47 PM EDT) -- Two California water agencies urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ federal water rights extend to groundwater in the Coachella Valley, saying the decision would frustrate state and local governments’ own efforts to manage scarce water resources.

The Coachella Valley Water District and The Desert Valley Water Agency filed separate petitions to the high court seeking to overturn a March ruling by the Ninth Circuit, in which a circuit panel found that the federal government’s reservation of water for the Agua Caliente tribe when it created the...

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