Analysis

9th Circ. Backs Tribal Right To Water. But How Much?

Law360, New York (March 16, 2017, 4:51 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit ruling backing the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' right to tap groundwater for their reservation marked a key win for tribes, but experts say the still-unresolved question of how much water tribes may be entitled to in similar disputes may cause them to look for settlements in future water access battles.

A Ninth Circuit panel on March 7 affirmed a lower court ruling that extended the Agua Caliente Band's water rights to groundwater in California's arid Coachella Valley, saying the federal government set those rights aside for the tribe when creating its reservation.

The ruling in the...

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