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Case Summary Citation

Navajo Nation v. Department of the Interior, 876 F.3d 1144 (9th Cir. 2017).

Abstract

In Navajo Nation v. Department of the Interior, the Navajo Nation challenged the Department of the Interior’s 2001 and 2008 water allocation guidelines and asserted that under NEPA and the APA the guidelines violated the Navajo Nation’s water rights. The Navajo Nation also asserted a breach of trust claim against the United States. After nearly a decade of attempted settlement negotiations, the Navajo Nation reasserted its complaints. The District Court for the District of Arizona denied the Navajo Nation’s motions, and the Navajo Nation appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which determined the Navajo Nation lacked standing, leaving the Navajo Nation’s water rights unadjudicated and unquantified.

Recommended Citation

Navajo Nation v. Department of the Interior, 876 F.3d 1144 (9th Cir. 2017).

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