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Bush administration opposes Pueblo water settlement

The Bush administration is opposing a settlement to the 40-year-old Aamodt water-rights lawsuit due to the cost being placed on the federal government.

The deal resolves the water rights of the pueblos of Namb�, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso and Tesuque as well as non-Indian users in northern New Mexico. But since it requires the federal government to commit up to $150 million for a regional water system, the Justice Department and the Interior Department won't back it.

Tribal and state leaders hope to change the administration's mind. They are heading to Washington, D.C., in two weeks to lobby for Congressional approval of the settlement.

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Aamodt deal signed without federal support (The Santa Fe New Mexican 5/4)

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