Little Colorado River

Navajo Nation, Shelly
Mar 23, 2023

Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly ‘put others first’

Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, who pushed ambitious projects that included purchasing a coal mine, building an aerial tram into the Grand Canyon and reaching a water rights settlement with Arizona, has died.

water, tribes, Navajo Nation, drought, Lake Powell, Lake Mead, water rights, Biden administration, Colorado River, Supreme Court
Mar 20, 2023

Supreme Court seems split in Navajo Nation water rights case

The Supreme Court seemed split Monday as it weighed a dispute involving the federal government and the Navajo Nation's quest for water from the drought-stricken Colorado River.

Navajo Nation, Arizona, lawsuit, Colorado River
Mar 19, 2023

Supreme Court hears Navajo water rights case with potentially big impact

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in Arizona v. Navajo Nation, it will be considering fairly technical legal questions, but the answers could have a large impact on water allocation in the Colorado River basin.

water, Navajo Nation, drought, Supreme Court, lawsuit, Colorado River, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, California
Mar 17, 2023

Feds want justices to end Navajo fight for Colorado River water

States that rely on water from the over-tapped Colorado River want the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lawsuit from the Navajo Nation that could upend how water is shared in the Western U.S.

Jul 16, 2019

Environmental groups challenge plan to lease public lands for oil, gas exploration

Environmental groups are trying to halt a plan by the Bureau of Land Management to lease out more than 4,000 acres of land near the Petrified Forest National Park for oil and gas exploration.

Sep 13, 2012

Arizona Supreme Court: No reserved water rights for state trust land

Settling a decades-old battle, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that millions of acres of state trust land in Arizona have no federally reserved water rights.

Aug 6, 2012

Navajo County Sheriff Joseph F. Woods

Etched into a piece of glass at the Navajo County Historical Society in Holbrook is the name Joseph F. Woods, sheriff, an artifact from his tenure as Navajo County sheriff.

Jul 6, 2012

Navajo lawmakers reject water rights settlement

FLAGSTAFF ai??i?? Navajo lawmakers have rejected a settlement to recognize the tribe's water rights from the Little Colorado River basin, likely sending the tribe and its Hopi neighbor back to court to resolve their claims.

Jun 22, 2012

Hopi lawmakers breathe new life into water deal with second vote

Hopi lawmakers gave new life Thursday to a congressional plan to settle the tribe’s water-rights claims in the Little Colorado River basin, apparently backtracking from a vote last week to reject the plan.

Jun 19, 2012

Hopi lawmakers vote on water rights legislation

Hopi lawmakers have voted to oppose legislation in Congress to settle the tribe's water claims in the Little Colorado River basin.

Mar 16, 2012

Feds, tribal officials call for efforts to settle, not sue over, water rights

Federal, tribal and legal officials agreed Thursday that all sides would be better off if they worked to settle water-rights claims rather than continuing to litigate them.

Feb 14, 2012

Sen. Kyl introduces tribal water rights deal

Two northeastern Arizona tribes would waive their rights to water from the Little Colorado River in exchange for the promise of groundwater delivery projects under legislation introduced Tuesday in Congress.