Ak-Chin Tribe's Suit Over Ariz. Water Supply Will Flow On

Law360 (September 15, 2020, 7:44 PM EDT) -- An Arizona federal judge has refused to toss the Ak-Chin Indian Community's suit claiming two irrigation districts aren't providing the quality of water the tribe is guaranteed for farming on its reservation, while ruling the federal government must be joined as a defendant.

The federally recognized Ak-Chin tribe, whose reservation is located south of Phoenix, claims that the Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation & Drainage District and Central Arizona Irrigation & Drainage District violated federal law and their contracts with the federal government by pumping groundwater into its water.

U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi on Monday rejected the districts' "relatively superficial abstention argument"...

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