Seeking the Water Jackpot

Jenkins, Matt
March 2008
High Country News;3/17/2008, Vol. 40 Issue 5, p10
The article focuses on the Navajo Nation being deprived of their right in the basin of the Colorado River among seven Colorado states, including Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, California, Nevada and Wyoming in the 1922 Colorado River Compact agreement. It cites that the Navajo Indians are entitled to some of the 50 million cubic-meter of water in the Colorado River basin, based on their own traditional homelands. These Indians are moving to claim their water rights in New Mexico by legal action or negotiation with the State and then take them to congress for approval. The author reflects on the Navajo Nations being deprived for 86 years of their right of the basin.


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