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Arizona tribe celebrates landmark water deal

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona held two days of celebrations over the weekend to mark the approval of the tribe's historic water rights settlement.

President Bush signed the settlement into law last year and state lawmakers gave their approval this year. All that is needed now is acceptance by a federal judge.

Under the deal, the tribe will receive 653,500 acre-feet of water a year and $400 million a year to help it upgrade its irrigation system. The tribe will be able to sell some of its water to other communities.

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Water accords joyous to tribe (The Arizona Republic 4/23)
Water-rights law earns praise (The East Valley Tribune 4/23)

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