Cert Petition by Western Ranchers and Farmers Challenging Reserved Water Rights

Here is the petition in Bales v. United States:

baley-cert-petition.pdf

Question presented:

Whether, against the legal backdrop of Congress’s and this Court’s recognition of the primacy of state law to determine, quantify, and administer water rights, a federal court may deem federal agency regulatory action under the Endangered Species Act to constitute the adjudication and administration of water rights for tribal purposes.

Lower court materials here.

Ninth Circuit Briefs in Navajo Nation Trust Breach Appeal re: Water Rights

Here are the briefs in Navajo Nation v. United States:

Lower court materials here.

Tenth Circuit Briefs in United States v. Abousleman

Here:

US Opening Brief

Pueblos Amicus Brief

New Mexico Brief

Jemez River Basin Water Users Coalition Brief

Association of Community Ditches of Rio San Jose Amicus Brief

El Rito Ditch Asociacion Amicus Brief

US Reply

Pueblo Intervenors Reply

Lower court materials here.

Federal Circuit Decides Baley v. United States [Indian reserved water rights to Klamath River water predate farmers]

Here is the opinion.

Here are the briefs:

baley-opening-brief.pdf

us-brief.pdf

baley-reply-brief.pdf

hoopa-amicus-brief.pdf

klamath-tribe-amicus-brief.pdf

yurok-tribe-amicus-brief.pdf

indian-law-professors-brief.pdf

nrdc-brief.pdf

oregon-amicus-brief.pdf

pacific-coast-federation-of-fishermen-brief.pdf

Idaho SCT Decides Coeur d’Alene Tribe Water Rights Matter Largely in Tribe’s Favor

Here is the opinion in In re:CSRBA Case No. 49576 (Idaho S. Ct.).

Briefs:

Idaho Opening Brief

Appellants Opening Brief

US Response Brief

Coeur d’Alene Tribe Response Brief

HECLA Response Brief

North Idaho Water Rights Alliance Response Brief

Idaho Response Brief

Coeur d’Alene Tribe Reply

US Reply Brief

Appellants Reply

Idaho Reply Brief

Navajo Water Rights Trust Breach Case Dismissed

Here are the updated materials in Navajo Nation v. Dept. of the Interior (D. Arizona):

Third Amended Complaint materials

339 US Response

340 Utility and State Response

346 Navajo Reply

360-1 Navajo Renewed Motion

369 Utility and State Response

370 US Response

375 Navajo Reply

385 DCT Order

Prior posts here.