Dine’ community members have raised concerns that Northeastern Arizona Indian Water Rights Settlement Agreement (NAIWRSA) gives the Navajo Nation only 31,000 acre-feet per year of 4th Priority Colorado River water, which would not be available in times of drought, and would require more than $500 million of new federal funding to pay for pipeline infrastructure to deliver water to communities in need. The federal funding would have to be appropriated by U.S. Congress (http://www.poormagazine.org/node/3324) and historical relations between U.S. government and Dineh Navajo have not seen much fruit. See more...
|Type of Population||Rural|
|Potential Affected Population||160-140,000 (2011 Navajo population estimate in Arizona)|
|Relevant government actors||US Government, Navajo Nation, State of Arizona|
|Environmental justice organisations and other supporters||Concerned Citizens for Diné Water Rights, Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, Dine’ Care, To’ Nizhoni Ani’, Black Mesa Water Coalition, Council Advocating an Indigenous Manifesto, ECHOES|