According to Circle of Blue, in an article produced by Colorado Public Radio, 30 tribes with water rights in the Colorado River Basin are demanding inclusion in negotiations regarding river management. State water managers and the federal government have said that they will include the tribes in upcoming negotiations. However, following a history of exclusion, some tribal leaders see those promises as empty and chose to send a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland in November asking for legal changes to ensure that tribes are included. Collectively, tribes own rights to more than a quarter of the river’s flows, but have faced legal and financial obstacles to fully utilizing that water.
Read more in this story from Circle of Blue.