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November 29th, 2010

Senate Passes Legislation to Settle Cobell and 4 Native American Water Rights Suits

On November 19, 2010, the Senate passed Cobell settlement legislation and settlement legislation for 4 different water rights suits of Native American tribes in a bill captioned the Claims Settlement Act of 2010. The water rights settlements resolved suits brought by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the Taos Pueblo, the Crow Tribe, and the Pueblos of Tesuque, Nambe, San Ildefonso, Pojaque. After much negotiation and effort, the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent.

The House must now consider the Claims Settlement Act of 2010 for passage. Even though all the settlements had previously passed the House except for the Crow water settlement, the House must pass the bill due to changes made to the settlements in the Senate. Many in Indian country are working to see if the House can pass this legislation before adjournment. For more information, please see the White House’s statement on the Senate’s passage of the Claims Settlement Act of 2010.

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