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Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019

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Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019

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A bill to approve the settlement of the water rights claims of the Navajo Nation in Utah, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
09/09/2019Committee on Indian Affairs. Reported by Senator Hoeven without amendment. With written report No. 116-79.
04/11/2019Introduced in Senate

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Date All Actions
09/09/2019Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 182.
Action By: Senate
09/09/2019Committee on Indian Affairs. Reported by Senator Hoeven without amendment. With written report No. 116-79.
05/15/2019Committee on Indian Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
04/11/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (3)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ]* 04/11/2019
Sen. McSally, Martha [R-AZ]* 04/11/2019
Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] 06/20/2019

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Indian Affairs04/11/2019 Referred to
05/15/2019 Markup by
09/09/2019 Reported by S. Rept. 116-79

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Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019

This bill ratifies and modifies the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Agreement negotiated between the Navajo Nation, the United States, and Utah. The agreement gives the Navajo Nation the right to use water from sources located within Utah and adjacent to or encompassed within the boundaries of the Navajo Reservation resulting in depletions not to exceed a specified amount annually.

The Navajo water rights shall be held in trust by the United States for the use and benefit of Navajo Nation and shall not be subject to forfeiture or abandonment.

The Navajo Nation shall have authority to allocate, distribute, and lease the water rights for any use on or off its reservation in accordance with the agreement.

The Department of the Interior shall establish and manage the Navajo Utah Settlement Trust Fund, with amounts available for withdrawal by the Navajo Nation for planning, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining, and replacing Navajo water development projects.

The bill also specifies waivers and releases that must be executed in order for the settlement to be binding and effective.