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Navajo Nation Water Rights Commmission

The lands of the Navajo Nation are located within the four sacred mountains. Navajo lands are located in three states and multiple water basins and sub-basins. The major basins are the Upper and Lower Basins of the Colorado River and the Rio Grande Basin. Water rights are typically determined by basin.

PUBLIC MEETINGS
FOUR PUBLIC MEETINGS CONCERNING THE PROPOSED DETERMINATION OF WATER RIGHTS WITHIN THE NAVAJO NATION SUBDIVISION, SAN JUAN RIVER DIVISION OF SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO RIVER GENERAL ADJUDICATION; AREA NO. 09, BOOK 1

 (March 30, 2022, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
Video replay of the Blanding meeting.


 (March 31, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
Video replay of the Aneth meeting.


 (March 31, 2022, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Video replay of the Monument Valley meeting.


News

 

05 May 2022
Glen Canyon Dam Operations Decision Letter-508-DOI

Glen Canyon Dam Operations Decision Letter-508-DOI

13 April 2022
Winters Water Rights Revived After Navajo Nation Case

Winters Water Rights Revived After Navajo Nation Case

For more than a century, since Winters v. United States, 207 U.S. 564 (1908), the Supreme Court has recognized that when the United States establishes a Native reservation, it impliedly reserves sufficient water rights to support that reservation. But many of these Winters rights, like those held by the Navajo Nation, remain unadjudicated and unquantified, creating uncertainty for junior right holders. A recent decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals confirms that the United States cannot ignore Winters rights held by tribes just because they have not been adjudicated..

 

12 April 2022
March 30-31 Public Mtgs (VIDEO)

March 30-31 Public Mtgs (VIDEO)

06 April 2022
Secretary Haaland Highlights President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments in Water Resilience and Indian Country in New Mexico Visit

Secretary Haaland Highlights President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments in Water Resilience and Indian Country in New Mexico Visit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today wrapped up a two-day visit to New Mexico, where she underscored the historic investments from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to strengthen Indian Country and address the Western water crisis.

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