Senate hearing on Navajo water rights bill

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this afternoon on S.1171, a bill to settle the Navajo Nation's water rights.

The tribe reached a deal with the state of New Mexico. It resolves the tribe's claims to the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico and the creation of a major water pipeline that will serve the reservation and surrounding communities.

The hearing takes place at 2:30pm and will be broadcast at The witness list follows:
Panel 1
Hon. Robert Johnson , Commissioner of Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Carl Artman , Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior

Panel 2
Mr. John D'Antonio , New Mexico State Engineer
Joe Shirley , President, Navajo Nation
Herb Guenther , Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources
Patricia Lundstrom , Executive Director, Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments
Mark Sanchez , Executive Director, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

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Water claims to be settled? (The Gallup Independent 6/26)

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