Latest Colorado River News

Arizona congressional delegation introduces $5 billion tribal water rights legislation

Jul. 08, 2024 19:52 PM EDT

Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation introduced legislation Monday that would authorize a water rights settlement with three Native American tribes in the Southwest, providing more certainty for the arid region. The proposal carries a price tag of $5 billion — larger...

Water-rich Gila River tribe near Phoenix flexes its political muscles in a drying West

Jun. 26, 2024 09:38 AM EDT

SACATON, Arizona (AP) — Stephen Roe Lewis grew up seeing stacks of legal briefs at the dinner table — often, about his tribe's water. His father, the late Rodney Lewis, was general counsel for the Gila River Indian Community and fought for the tribe's rights to water in the...

Tribes say their future is at stake as they push for Congress to consider Colorado River settlement

May. 24, 2024 22:13 PM EDT

Within the heart of the Navajo Nation and in the shadow of the sandstone arch that is the namesake of the tribal capital, a simple greeting and big smiles were shared over and over again Friday as tribal officials gathered: “Yá‘át’ééh abíní!” It was a good morning,...

Native American tribes give unanimous approval to proposal securing Colorado River water

May. 23, 2024 23:30 PM EDT

The Navajo Nation Council has signed off on a proposed settlement that would ensure water rights for its tribe and two others in the drought-stricken Southwest — a deal that could become the most expensive enacted by Congress. The Navajo Nation has one of the largest single...

Proposed settlement is first step in securing Colorado River water for 3 Native American tribes

May. 14, 2024 16:14 PM EDT

LEUPP, Ariz. (AP) — A proposed water rights settlement for three Native American tribes that carries a price tag larger than any such agreement enacted by Congress has taken a major step forward with its introduction to the Navajo Nation Council. The Navajo Nation has one of the...

Body of New Mexico man recovered from Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park

May. 13, 2024 20:23 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The body of a New Mexico man has been recovered from the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, authorities said Monday. National Park Service personnel were notified Friday about a body being spotted in the river. ...

Plumbing problem at Glen Canyon Dam brings new threat to Colorado River system

Apr. 16, 2024 20:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Plumbing problems at the dam holding back the second-largest reservoir in the U.S. are spurring concerns about future water delivery issues to Southwestern states supplied by the Colorado River. Federal officials recently reported damage to four tubes known as...