KUNC reports that the Fort Yuma-Quechan Indian Tribe, whose reservation is located on the Arizona-California border near Yuma, Arizona, is gearing up for policy discussions regarding the Colorado River. The tribe has relied on the Colorado River for generations and holds some of the oldest water rights in the basin, dating back to 1884. Concerns regarding impacts of climate change and current drought levels have the tribe prioritizing their water rights and wanting to find a unified voice to protect the rights of all river tribes. The Biden administration will oversee a large portion of the negotiations, placing Deb Haaland, the country’s first Native American Interior Secretary, in a pivotal role.
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