Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

August 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:2 (Fall 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This collection of essays on Indian water rights results from a symposium, Indian Water Rights and Water Resources Management, sponsored by the American Water Resources Association and the Northern Lights Research and Education Institute. Held at Missoula, Montana in June, 1989, the symposium was co-sponsored by a number of federal and state agencies and universities. Included among participants were lawyers, engineers, economists, ecologists, anthropologists, mediators, federal officials, and Native Americans who collectively represented a broad range of scholarly and applied expertise and viewpoints. This book is not a collection of papers by academics on the history and development of Indian water rights law. Instead, its primary focus is on negotiated settlements, a new, more expeditious method being used with increasing frequency to resolve disputes involving Indian water claims, as opposed to protracted, complex and costly litigation in the courts.