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Apache Tribe files water rights litigation

April 01, 2010
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The Apache Tribe has filed a petition in U.S. District court against the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s members (defendants) seeking a declaratory judgment to have the Court judicially recognize and declare the existence of their federally reserved right to the surface and groundwater located within the boundaries of its former federal reservation.  

Their former reservation lands extended through Harmon, Jackson, Greer, Kiowa, Tillman, Comanche, Caddo, Cotton, Grady, Stephens, and Jefferson counties. The Apache Tribe is claiming an interest in the surface water of the Red River and the waters within the Red River basin, and groundwater underlying the Red River and the Red River basin.

The Apache Tribe claims the defendants have appropriated, distributed, and used water that infringes upon their federally reserved water rights.  Additionally, the Apache Tribe filed a motion to intervene in the ongoing Tarrant County water sale litigation.  

OIPA will be following the Apache’s litigation as it proceeds.  

 
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