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The Native American Water Rights Settlement Database is a collection of documents that formalize recognition of Native American water rights in the United States.


The NAWRS partners include Francine Jaramillo, Senior Policy Analyst - American Indian Law Center, Albuquerque NM; Darcy Bushnell, Senior Staff Attorney, Utton Center, UNM – School of Law; Barbara Cosens, Professor of Law, University of Idaho – College of Law & Waters of the West Program; Karl Benedict, Ph.D. Director – Earth Data Analysis Center, UNM.


The project is supported by the Native American Rights Fund, the National Congress of American Indians and the Western States Water Council. Our funding partners include the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Foundation.


The repository arranges by documents by settlement. It includes a map search-tool which allows searches by reservation/Tribe, by state, by hydrological unit and by document type. Red lines indicate reservations, green-fill with red borders indicate reservations with documents, dotted lines indicate states and blue lines indicate hydrological units. The map search tool can be accessed here:

Searchable Map (Link opens in new window)


Find information about tribal water codes from the Native American Rights Fund Water Codes (Link opens in new window)


For assistance, comments and suggestions, please email Darcy Bushnell

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