Northern Arapaho Tribe hails settlement in water diversion dispute

A view of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Photo from Northern Arapaho Tribe / Facebook

The Northern Arapaho Tribe is welcoming a settlement in a long-running water dispute on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

The tribe will help oversee restoration of the Big Wind River following an illegal diversion that dates back more than 20 years. The settlement requires a series of dikes to be removed by the end of the year.

"We are pleased about the result that has been achieved here," Chairman Dean Goggles said in a press release. "Abuses of the Wind River are a violation of tribal sovereignty. We look forward to healing these wounds, and taking a lead role in the restoration of tribal lands."

As part of the case, the LeClair Irrigation District and John Hubenka, the district's former manager, were held responsible for violating the Clean Water Act. Previously, Hubenka was convicted of violating the law in 2004, The Associated Press reported.

The settlement also involves the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.

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