Here are the briefs in Navajo Nation v. United States:
Lower court materials here.
8th Annual Tribal Water Law Conference
September 26-27, 2019
Hilton Resort & Villas, Scottsdale, AZ
Get some CLE’s and listen to Matthew Fletcher on Maintaining a Tribal Homeland in the Modern Era. More information here.
The Native American Rights Fund and Western States Water Council will hold their 2019 Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims August 13-15 at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Funner, Calif. Registration and information, including a draft agenda, can be found here.
See the draft agenda here. To register, email email@example.com.
Lower courts materials here.
Water Rights Attorney Vacancy Announcement
The Navajo Nation Department of Justice – Water Rights Unit seeks two attorneys. Under the supervision of the Assistant Attorney General, attorneys in the Unit represent the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, and in state administrative water rights matters; engagein negotiations to resolve the Nation’s water rights claims by settlement; and perform work necessary both to secure approval of negotiated settlements at the tribal, state and federal level and to implement Congressionally-approved water rights settlements. Attorneys are assigned tasks commensurate with their level of experience.
Attorneys in the Water Rights Unit regularly brief and advise the Navajo Nation government, including the Attorney General, the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, the Navajo Nation Council and its Committees, the Office of the President and Vice President, and the Navajo Nation Washington Office on water rights matters. Attorneys also assist the Water Rights Commission in efforts to educate the Navajo public about water rights matters and work closely with the Nation’s technical staff in the Department of Water Resources. Attorneys may work on general Navajo Nation legal issues as assigned.
A successful applicant may be classified, depending upon experience, as an Attorney, Senior Attorney or Principal Attorney, with a starting salary range between $63,356 and $106,225.60. The Navajo Nation offers a generous benefits package. The Navajo Nation employment application form is available through the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management at http://www.nndpm.navajo-nsn.org. Please submityour application, together with evidence of bar membership, law school transcript and a writing sample to Stanley Pollack, Assistant Attorney General, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at P.O. Drawer 2010, Window Rock, Navajo Nation (AZ) 86515. Mr. Pollack may also be reached at 928.871.7510 should you have questions about this position.
The Navajo Nation Department of Justice complies with the Navajo Preference in Employment Act. The positions will remain open until filled.
After reaching water rights settlements, a number of Native American tribes find themselves with rights to more water than their reservations or pueblo communities presently need. As climate change exacerbates drought conditions in the western United States and demand for water increases, some tribes have leased these surplus water rights to public and private, non-Indian, users. Theoretically, this could be a boon for tribes, although the extent of the economic impact of water leasing is difficult to assess without an examination of each individual water lease. This paper attempts to illustrate the economic impact of Indian water rights leasing anecdotally, by examining the leasing efforts of one particularly successful tribe, the Jicarilla Apache Nation in northern New Mexico.
Here are the materials in San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority v. Jewell (E.D. Cal.):
News coverage here: “Judge won’t stop emergency water releases helping Klamath Basin salmon.”