. After long fight, tribal water bills get primary OKAfter long fight, tribal water bills get primary OK « JO LEE MAGAZINE

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY – The Senate Indian Affairs Committee, without debate, approved bills granting water rights to the Hualapai, letting the Colorado River Indian Tribes lease their water, and adding funding and extending the deadline for review of a water system for the White Mountain Apache. Tribal leaders welcomed the votes, which they called the culmination of hard-fought struggles by their tribes. “We’ve always had to fight for our right to water, we’ve always had to fight to prove that we are deserving of those resources and that we deserve to be treated fairly,” said Charlie Vaughn Sr., former chairman of the Hualapai Tribe.

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