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Secretary Salazar Signs San Juan Navajo Water Rights Settlement at Colorado River Water Users Association Conference


January 4, 2011

Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar joined Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley to sign the historic San Juan Navajo Water Rights Settlement at the Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference on Dec. 17.


  • Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Joe Shirley, Navajo Nation President, speak at the signing of the  San Juan Navajo Water Rights at the Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference. Photos by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley and Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar speak at podium.
  • “By signing this agreement today, the Obama administration is taking another step toward honoring the U.S.’s promises to Indian nations and helping communities gain access to clean, safe water supplies,” Secretary Salazar said. Photos by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Secretary Salazar
  • Joe Shirley speaks joined by officials with the Department of the Interior.
    Pictured from left to right: Mike Connor, Director of the Bureau of Reclamation; David Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior; Anne Castle Assistant Secretary for Water and Science and Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Photos by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Navajo President Joe Shirley speaking at podium.
  • The San Juan Navajo Water Rights Settlement fulfills a U.S. government promise to support the Navajo people by providing a long-term sustainable water supply that will reduce the need for hauling water, improve health conditions on the reservation, and provide the foundation for future economic development in northwestern New Mexico. Navajo Nations President, Joe Shirley, speaking at the event. Photos by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Navajo President Joe Shirley.
  • Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior (middle) joins Stanley Pollack, Navajo Nation Water Rights Attorney(left)  and Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, for the signing of the San Juan River Water
    Settlement in Las Vegas, Nev. on Dec. 17. Photos by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    The signing of San Juan Navajo Water Rights Settlement
  • The San Juan Navajo Water Rights Settlement is aimed at resolving more than 20 years of efforts to adjudicate the Navajo Nation’s water right owners, it would protect existing uses of water, it would allow for future growth, and it would do so within the amount of water apportioned to New Mexico by the Colorado River Compacts. Photos by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    The Navajo Water Rights Settlement.
  • Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley and Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar speak at podium.
  • Secretary Salazar
  • Navajo President Joe Shirley speaking at podium.
  • Navajo President Joe Shirley.
  • The signing of San Juan Navajo Water Rights Settlement
  • The Navajo Water Rights Settlement.