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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...
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