Navajo Nation Rejects Water Rights Settlement

In July, Navajo lawmakers rejected, by a vote of 15-6, a settlement to recognize the tribe's water rights from the Little Colorado River basin. The vote also puts a stop to legislation in Congress to move the settlement forward because it needed the blessing of both the Navajo and Hopi tribes. Tribes often trade what could be huge water claims for the promise of federal funding to deliver water to their communities. In this case, the tribes would have waived further claims to the river basin if the federal government funded more than $300 million in groundwater delivery projects.