‘Water Rights Doctrine’ Does Not Require Federal Funds For New Tribal Water Source
Mealey's (June 17, 2015, 1:52 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government is under no obligation under any federal law or case law, including the so-called water rights doctrine, to pay the Hope Tribe of Arizona for a new, uncontaminated water supply, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled April 2 (The Hopi Tribe, et al. v. United States, No. 14-5018, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 5283).
(Opinion availalbe. Document #95-150409-004Z.)
In 2012, the Hopi Tribe in northeastern Arizona sued the United States in Federal Claims Court, seeking damages to cover...