Agua Caliente Band anticipates decision in water rights lawsuit

A view of the Agua Caliente Reservation in southern California. Photo from Facebook

A federal judge will rule soon in a water rights lawsuit filed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in southern California.

The tribe sued the
Coachella Valley Water District and the Desert Water Agency two years ago to seek a determination of its water rights. The Department of Justice is supporting the tribe.

Judge Jesus Bernal heard arguments yesterday on motions for summary judgement in phase one of the case. He told the parties that he will issue a decision within a week, The Palm Springs Desert Sun reported.

Turtle Talk has posted documents from the case, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District.

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