Bishop Criteria: The Future Of Indian Water Settlements

Law360, New York (January 10, 2017, 2:12 PM EST) -- On Feb. 26, 2015, the chairman of the United States House Natural Resources Committee, Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT-1), sent a letter to the United States Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Justice concerning Indian water settlements that sent shock waves through Indian Country. To the dismay of many, Bishop informed the DOI and DOJ that the House Resources Committee would not consider any Indian water settlement legislation until and unless several new criteria were met, which ultimately became referred to as the “Bishop Criteria.” As...
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