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Idaho governor signs Nez Perce Tribe's water deal

Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R) finalized the state's approval of a $193 million water settlement with the Nez Perce Tribe on Thursday.

Kempthorne called the deal "historic." The tribe would receive 50,000 acre-feet of water a year for its reservation, a $50 million multiple-use trust fund, a $23 million water supply and sewer system and $7 million worth of land.

The tribe still has to give its stamp of approval, with a decision expected early next week. The deal resolves one of the largest water rights disputes in the West.

Get the Story:
Idaho gov. signs historic water deal (AP 3/25)
Governor Signs Nez Perce Water Agreement Bills (KIFI 3/24)

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