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Wed Feb 23, 2022, 02:44 AM

Interior to pay $1.7B to fulfill tribal water rights settlements

Sixteen tribal nations will receive $1.7 billion as part of Indian water rights settlements, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Over the years, at least 34 tribes have turned to settlements to resolve conflicts with the federal government over water rights. Tuesday's announcement is aimed at funding infrastructure for Native Americans to store and transport water so they no longer have to suffer from lack of access.

Details: The funding will "help deliver long-promised water resources to Tribal communities ... and a solid foundation for future economic development for entire communities dependent on common water resources," the Department of Interior (DOI) said in a statement.

The money is drawn from President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure law.

What they're saying: "Water is a sacred resource, and water rights are crucial to ensuring the health, safety and empowerment of Tribal communities," Haaland said in a statement.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/interior-tribal-water-rights-haaland-b93f2f90-cb6e-4a0e-86a7-979cfcfd9490.html

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