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New Mexico lawmakers sue over water settlement

May 15, 2014 • State News


New Mexico state Rep. Carl Trujillo, a Santa Fe Democrat, announces a lawsuit filed on Wednesday May 14, 2014, in the state Supreme Court in Santa Fe, N.M., seeking to nullify a settlement between New Mexico, the federal government and the Navajo Nation over tribal rights to water in the San Juan River. Trujillo brought the lawsuit along with two Republican legislators and a farmer from northwestern New Mexico. (AP Photo/Barry Massey)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan group of legislators and a northwestern New Mexico farmer asked the state’s highest court on Wednesday to nullify an agreement between the state, the federal government and the Navajo Nation settling tribal rights to water from the San Juan River.

The lawsuit contends the governor can’t unilaterally bind New Mexico to the deal and the settlement must be approved by the Legislature to take effect.

The San Juan is drought-plagued New Mexico’s largest river by volume and a Login to read more

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