S. 2109 (112th): Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Feb 14, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2109

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 14, 2012

(for himself and Mr. McCain) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs

A BILL

To approve the settlement of water rights claims of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and the allottees of the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe in the State of Arizona, to authorize construction of municipal water projects relating to the water rights claims, to resolve litigation against the United States concerning Colorado River operations affecting the States of California, Arizona, and Nevada, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; table of contents

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012.

(b)

Table of contents

The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 2. Findings.

Sec. 3. Purposes.

Sec. 4. Definitions.

TITLE I—Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River water rights settlement agreement

Sec. 101. Ratification and execution of the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River water rights settlement agreement.

Sec. 102. Water rights.

Sec. 103. Authorization for construction of municipal, domestic, commercial, and industrial water projects.

Sec. 104. Funding.

Sec. 105. Waivers, releases, and retentions of claims.

Sec. 106. Satisfaction of water rights and other benefits.

Sec. 107. After-acquired trust land.

Sec. 108. Enforceability date.

Sec. 109. Administration.

Sec. 110. Environmental compliance.

TITLE II—Central Arizona project water

Sec. 201. Conditions for reallocation of CAP NIA priority water.

Sec. 202. Reallocation of CAP NIA priority water, firming, water delivery contract.

Sec. 203. Colorado River accounting.

Sec. 204. No modification of existing laws.

Sec. 205. Amendments.

Sec. 206. Retention of Lower Colorado River water for future Lower Colorado River settlement.

Sec. 207. Authorization of appropriations for feasibility study.

2.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

it is the policy of the United States, in keeping with the trust responsibility of the United States to Indian tribes, to settle Indian water rights claims whenever possible without lengthy and costly litigation;

(2)

the water rights settlements described in paragraph (1) typically require congressional review and approval;

(3)

the Navajo Nation and the United States, acting as trustee for the Navajo Nation and allottees of the Navajo Nation, claim the right to an unquantified amount of water from the Little Colorado River system and source;

(4)

the Navajo Nation claims the right to an unquantified amount of water from the lower basin of the Colorado River and has challenged the legality of the Colorado River Interim Surplus Guidelines, the Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement of the State of California, interstate water banking regulations, and Central Arizona Project water deliveries;

(5)

the defendants in the action described in paragraph (4) include—

(A)

the Department of the Interior, including the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and

(B)

intervenor-defendants, including—

(i)

the Southern Nevada Water Authority;

(ii)

the Colorado River Commission of Nevada;

(iii)

the State of Arizona;

(iv)

the State of Nevada;

(v)

the Central Arizona Water Conservation District;

(vi)

the Southern California Metropolitan Water District;

(vii)

the Imperial Irrigation District;

(viii)

the Coachella Valley Water District;

(ix)

the Arizona Power Authority;

(x)

the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District; and

(xi)

the Salt River Valley Water Users Association;

(6)

the Hopi Tribe and the United States, acting as trustee for the Hopi Tribe and allottees of the Hopi Tribe, claim the right to an unquantified amount of water from the Little Colorado River system and source; and

(7)

consistent with the policy of the United States, this Act settles the water rights claims of the Navajo Nation, allottees of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and allottees of the Hopi Tribe by providing drinking water infrastructure to the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe in exchange for limiting the legal exposure and litigation expenses of the United States, the States of Arizona and Nevada, and agricultural, municipal, and industrial water users in the States of Arizona, Nevada, and California.

3.

Purposes

The purposes of this Act are—

(1)

to resolve, fully and finally—

(A)

any and all claims to the Little Colorado River system and source in the State of Arizona of—

(i)

the Navajo Nation, on behalf of itself and the members of the Navajo Nation;

(ii)

the United States, acting as trustee for the Navajo Nation, the members of the Navajo Nation, and allottees of the Navajo Nation;

(iii)

the Hopi Tribe, on behalf of itself and the members of the Hopi Tribe; and

(iv)

the United States, acting as trustee for the Hopi Tribe, the members of the Hopi Tribe, and allottees of the Hopi Tribe; and

(B)

any and all claims to the Gila River system and source in the State of Arizona of the Navajo Nation, on behalf of itself and the members of the Navajo Nation;

(2)

to approve, ratify, and confirm the settlement agreement entered into among the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, the United States, the State of Arizona, and any other party;

(3)

to authorize and direct the Secretary to execute and perform the duties and obligations of the Secretary under the settlement agreement and this Act; and

(4)

to authorize any actions and appropriations necessary for the United States to fulfill the duties and obligations of the United States to the Navajo Nation, allottees of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and allottees of the Hopi Tribe, as provided in the settlement agreement and this Act.

4.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

1934 Act case

The term 1934 Act case means the litigation styled Honyoama v. Shirley, Case No. CIV 74–842–PHX–EHC (D. Ariz. 2006).

(2)

Abstract

The term abstract means a summary of water rights or uses held or owned by any person, as represented in a form substantially similar to the form attached as exhibit 3.1.4 to the settlement agreement.

(3)

Afy

The term afy means acre-feet per year.

(4)

Allotment

The term allotment means an allotment that—

(A)

was originally allotted to an individual identified as a Navajo or Hopi Indian in the allotting document;

(B)

is located—

(i)

within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Reservation;

(ii)

within the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation; or

(iii)

on land that is—

(I)

off-reservation land; and

(II)

within Apache, Coconino, or Navajo County, in the State; and

(C)

is held in trust by the United States for the benefit of an allottee.

(5)

Allottee

The term allottee means a person who holds a beneficial real property interest in an allotment.

(6)

Available CAP supply

The term available CAP supply means, for any given year—

(A)

all fourth priority Colorado River water available for delivery through the CAP system;

(B)

water available from CAP dams and reservoirs other than Modified Roosevelt Dam; and

(C)

return flows captured by the Secretary for CAP use.

(7)

CAP contract

The term CAP contract means a long-term contract or subcontract, as those terms are used in the CAP repayment stipulation, for delivery of CAP water.

(8)

CAP contractor

The term CAP contractor means a person or entity that has entered into a long-term contract or subcontract (as those terms are used in the CAP repayment stipulation) with the United States or the United States and the Central Arizona Water Conservation District for delivery of water through the CAP system.

(9)

CAP fixed OM&R charge

The term CAP fixed OM&R charge means Fixed OM&R Charge, as that term is defined in the CAP repayment stipulation.

(10)

CAP M&I priority water

The term CAP M&I priority water means the CAP water that has a municipal and industrial delivery priority under the CAP repayment contract.

(11)

CAP NIA priority water

The term CAP NIA priority water means the CAP water deliverable under a CAP contract providing for the delivery of non-Indian agricultural priority water.

(12)

CAP operating agency

(A)

In general

The term CAP operating agency has the meaning given the term in section 2 of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3478).

(B)

Administration

As of the date of enactment of this Act, the CAP operating agency is the Central Arizona Water Conservation District.

(13)

Cap pumping energy charge

The term CAP pumping energy charge means Pumping Energy Charge, as that term is defined in the CAP repayment stipulation.

(14)

CAP repayment contract

The term CAP repayment contract has the meaning given the term in section 2 of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3478).

(15)

CAP repayment stipulation

The term CAP repayment stipulation means the Stipulated Judgment and the Stipulation for Judgment (including exhibits), entered on November 21, 2007, in the case styled Central Arizona Water Conservation District v. United States, et al., No. CIV 95–625–TUC–WDB (EHC), No. CIV 95–1720–PHX–EHC (Consolidated Action), United States District Court for the District of Arizona (including any amendments or revisions).

(16)

CAP system

The term CAP system has the meaning given the term in section 2 of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3478).

(17)

CAP water

The term CAP water means Project Water, as that term is defined in the CAP repayment stipulation.

(18)

Central Arizona Project or CAP

The term Central Arizona Project or CAP means the Federal reclamation project authorized and constructed by the United States in accordance with title III of the Colorado River Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1521 et seq.).

(19)

Central Arizona Water Conservation District

The term Central Arizona Water Conservation District means the political subdivision of the State that is the contractor under the CAP repayment contract.

(20)

Colorado river compact

The term Colorado River Compact means the Colorado River Compact of 1922, as ratified and reprinted in article 2 of chapter 7 of title 45, Arizona Revised Statutes.

(21)

Colorado River system

The term Colorado River system has the meaning given the term in article II(a) of the Colorado River Compact.

(22)

Commissioner

The term Commissioner means the Commissioner of Reclamation.

(23)

Decree

The term decree, when used without a modifying adjective, means—

(A)

the decree of the Supreme Court in the case styled Arizona v. California (376 U.S. 340 (1964));

(B)

the Consolidated Decree entered on March 27, 2006 (547 U.S. 150), in the case described in subparagraph (A); and

(C)

any modifications to the decrees described in subparagraphs (A) and (B).

(24)

Divert

The term divert means to receive, withdraw, develop, produce, or capture groundwater, surface water, Navajo Nation CAP water, or effluent by means of a ditch, canal, flume, bypass, pipeline, pit, collection or infiltration gallery, conduit, well, pump, turnout, other mechanical device, or any other human act, including the initial impoundment of that water.

(25)

Effluent

(A)

In general

The term effluent means water that—

(i)

has been used in the State for domestic, municipal, or industrial purposes; and

(ii)

is available for use for any purpose.

(B)

Exclusion

The term effluent does not include water that has been used solely for hydropower generation.

(26)

Fourth priority Colorado river water

The term fourth priority Colorado River water means Colorado River water that is available for delivery in the State for satisfaction of entitlements—

(A)

pursuant to contracts, Secretarial reservations, perfected rights, and other arrangements between the United States and water users in the State entered into or established subsequent to September 30, 1968, for use on Federal, State, or privately owned land in the State, in a total quantity that does not exceed 164,652 afy of diversions; and

(B)

after first providing for the delivery of water under section 304(e) of the Colorado River Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1524(e)), pursuant to the CAP repayment contract for the delivery of Colorado River water for the CAP, including use of Colorado River water on Indian land.

(27)

Gila River adjudication

The term Gila River adjudication means the action pending in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona in and for the County of Maricopa styled In Re the General Adjudication of All Rights To Use Water In The Gila River System and Source, W–1 (Salt), W–2 (Verde), W–3 (Upper Gila), W–4 (San Pedro) (Consolidated).

(28)

Gila River adjudication court

The term Gila River adjudication court means the Superior Court of the State of Arizona in and for the County of Maricopa, exercising jurisdiction over the Gila River adjudication.

(29)

Gila River adjudication decree

The term Gila River adjudication decree means the judgment or decree entered by the Gila River adjudication court, which shall be in substantially the same form as the form of judgment attached to the settlement agreement as exhibit 3.1.49.

(30)

Groundwater

The term groundwater means all water beneath the surface of the earth within the State that is not—

(A)

surface water;

(B)

underground water within the Upper Basin;

(C)

Lower Colorado River water; or

(D)

effluent.

(31)

Hopi fee land

The term Hopi fee land means land, other than Hopi trust land, that—

(A)

is located in the State;

(B)

is located outside the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation; and

(C)

as of the LCR enforceability date, is owned by the Hopi Tribe, including ownership through a related entity.

(32)

Hopi groundwater project

The term Hopi Groundwater Project means the project carried out in accordance with section 103(b).

(33)

Hopi groundwater project account

The term Hopi Groundwater Project Account means the account created in the Treasury of the United States pursuant to section 104(c).

(34)

Hopi land

The term Hopi land means—

(A)

the Hopi Reservation;

(B)

Hopi trust land; and

(C)

Hopi fee land.

(35)

Hopi OM&R Trust Account

The term Hopi OM&R Trust Account means the account created in the Treasury of the United States pursuant to section 104(d).

(36)

Hopi reservation

(A)

In general

The term Hopi Reservation means the land within the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation, including—

(i)

all land withdrawn by the Executive Order dated December 16, 1882, and in which the Hopi Tribe is recognized as having an exclusive interest in the case styled Healing v. Jones, Case No. CIV–579 (D. Ariz. September 28, 1962), or that was partitioned to the Hopi Tribe in accordance with section 4 of the Act of December 22, 1974 (Public Law 93–531; 88 Stat. 1713), and codified in the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Settlement Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 640d note; Public Law 104–301);

(ii)

all land partitioned to the Hopi Tribe by Judgment of Partition, dated February 10, 1977, in the case styled Sekaquaptewa v. MacDonald, Case No. CIV–579–PCT–JAW (D. Ariz.);

(iii)

all land recognized as part of the Hopi Reservation in the 1934 Act case; and

(iv)

all individual allotments made to members of the Hopi Tribe within the boundaries of the Hopi Reservation.

(B)

Map

(i)

In general

The Hopi Reservation is also depicted more particularly on the map attached to the settlement agreement as exhibit 3.1.100.

(ii)

Applicability

In case of a conflict relating to the Hopi Reservation as depicted on the map under clause (i) and the definition in subparagraph (A), the definition under subparagraph (A) shall control.

(C)

Exclusion

The term Hopi Reservation does not include any land held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Navajo Nation within the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation.

(37)

Hopi Tribe

The term Hopi Tribe means the Hopi Tribe, a Tribe of Hopi Indians organized under section 16 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 476) (commonly known as the Indian Reorganization Act).

(38)

Hopi trust land

The term Hopi trust land means land that—

(A)

is located in the State;

(B)

is located outside the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation; and

(C)

as of the LCR enforceability date, is held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Hopi Tribe.

(39)

Indian tribe

The term Indian tribe has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b).

(40)

Injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water

The term injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water means—

(A)

any diminution or degradation of the quality of Lower Colorado River water due to a change in the salinity or concentration of naturally occurring chemical constituents of Lower Colorado River water; and

(B)

any effect of a change described in subparagraph (A) if the change and effect of the change are due to the withdrawal, diversion, or use of Lower Colorado River water.

(41)

Injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water

The term injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water means any interference with, diminution of, or deprivation of the right of any entity to Lower Colorado River water under applicable law.

(42)

Injury to water quality

The term injury to water quality means—

(A)

any diminution or degradation of the quality of water due to a change in the salinity or concentration of naturally occurring chemical constituents of water; and

(B)

any effect of a change described in subparagraph (A) if the change and effect of the change are due to the withdrawal, diversion, or use of water.

(43)

Injury to water rights

The term injury to water rights means an interference with, diminution of, or deprivation of, water rights under applicable law.

(44)

LCR

The term LCR means the Little Colorado River, a tributary of the Colorado River in Arizona.

(45)

LCR adjudication

The term LCR adjudication means the action pending in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona in and for the County of Apache styled In Re the General Adjudication of All Rights To Use Water In The Little Colorado River System and Source, CIV No. 6417.

(46)

LCR adjudication court

The term LCR adjudication court means the Superior Court of the State of Arizona in and for the County of Apache, exercising jurisdiction over the LCR adjudication.

(47)

LCR decree

The term LCR decree means the judgment and decree entered by the LCR adjudication court, which shall be in substantially the same form as the form of judgment attached to the settlement agreement as exhibit 3.1.70.

(48)

LCR enforceability date

The term LCR enforceability date means the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings described in section 108(a).

(49)

LCR watershed

The term LCR watershed means all land located within the surface water drainage of the LCR and the tributaries of the LCR in the State.

(50)

Lee Ferry

The term Lee Ferry has the meaning given the term in article II(e) of the Colorado River Compact.

(51)

Lower basin

The term lower basin has the meaning given the term in article II(g) of the Colorado River Compact.

(52)

Lower Colorado River

The term Lower Colorado River means the portion of the Colorado River that is in the United States and downstream from Lee Ferry, including any reservoirs on that portion of the Colorado River.

(53)

Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund

The term Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund means the fund established by section 403 of the Colorado River Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1543).

(54)

Lower Colorado River water

(A)

In general

The term Lower Colorado River water means the waters of the Lower Colorado River, including—

(i)

the waters of the reservoirs on the Lower Colorado River;

(ii)

the waters of the tributaries to the Lower Colorado River, other than—

(I)

tributaries located within the State;

(II)

tributaries located within the Western Navajo Colorado River Basin; or

(III)

tributaries of the LCR in the State of New Mexico;

(iii)

all underground water that is hydraulically connected to the Lower Colorado River; and

(iv)

all underground water that is hydraulically connected to tributaries to the Lower Colorado River, other than—

(I)

tributaries located within the State;

(II)

tributaries located within the Western Navajo Colorado River Basin; or

(III)

tributaries of the LCR in the State of New Mexico.

(B)

Applicability

The definition of the term Lower Colorado River water in subparagraph (A) and any definition of the term included in the settlement agreement—

(i)

shall apply only to this Act and the settlement agreement, as applicable; and

(ii)

shall not be used in any interpretation of—

(I)

the Colorado River Compact;

(II)

the Boulder Canyon Project Act (43 U.S.C. 617 et seq.);

(III)

the Colorado River Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.); or

(IV)

any contract or agreement entered into pursuant to the documents described in subclauses (I) through (III).

(55)

Navajo fee land

The term Navajo fee land means land, other than Navajo trust land, that—

(A)

is located in the State;

(B)

is located outside the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Reservation; and

(C)

as of the LCR enforceability date, is owned by the Navajo Nation, including through a related entity.

(56)

Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

The term Navajo-Gallup water supply project means the project authorized, constructed, and operated pursuant to the Northwestern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1368).

(57)

Navajo Generating Station

The term Navajo generating station means the Navajo generating station, a steam electric generating station located on the Navajo Reservation near Page, Arizona, and consisting of Units 1, 2, and 3, the switchyard facilities, and all facilities and structures used or related to the Navajo generating station.

(58)

Navajo groundwater projects

The term Navajo Groundwater Projects means the projects carried out in accordance with section 103(a).

(59)

Navajo groundwater projects account

The term Navajo Groundwater Projects Account means the account created in the Treasury of the United States pursuant to section 104(a).

(60)

Navajo land

The term Navajo land means—

(A)

the Navajo Reservation;

(B)

Navajo trust land; and

(C)

Navajo fee land.

(61)

Navajo Nation

(A)

In general

The term Navajo Nation means the Navajo Nation, a body politic and federally recognized Indian nation, as provided in the notice of the Department of the Interior entitled Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From The United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (75 Fed. Reg. 60810 (October 1, 2010)) published pursuant to section 104 of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994 (25 U.S.C. 479a–1).

(B)

Inclusions

(i)

In general

The term Navajo Nation includes—

(I)

the Navajo Tribe;

(II)

the Navajo Tribe of Arizona, New Mexico & Utah;

(III)

the Navajo Tribe of Indians; and

(IV)

other similar names.

(ii)

Bands and chapters

The term Navajo Nation includes all bands of Navajo Indians and chapters of the Navajo Nation.

(62)

Navajo nation cap water

The term Navajo Nation CAP water means the 6,411 afy of the CAP NIA priority water retained by the Secretary pursuant to section 104(a)(1)(B)(ii) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487) and reallocated to the Navajo Nation pursuant to section 202(a) of this Act.

(63)

Navajo Nation water delivery contract

The term Navajo Nation water delivery contract means the contract entered into pursuant to the settlement agreement and section 202(c) of this Act for the delivery of Navajo Nation CAP water.

(64)

Navajo OM&R Trust Account

The term Navajo OM&R Trust Account means the account created in the Treasury of the United States pursuant to section 104(b).

(65)

Navajo Project Lease

The term Navajo Project lease means the Indenture of Lease made and entered into on September 29, 1969, between—

(A)

the Navajo Nation, as lessor; and

(B)

lessees—

(i)

the Arizona Public Service Company (including any successor or assignee);

(ii)

the Department of Water and Power of the City of Los Angeles (including any successor or assignee);

(iii)

the Nevada Power Company (including any successor or assignee);

(iv)

the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (including any successor or assignee); and

(v)

the Tucson Gas & Electric Company (including any successor or assignee).

(66)

Navajo project lessees

The term Navajo Project lessees means the lessees described in paragraph (65)(B).

(67)

Navajo Reservation

(A)

In general

The term Navajo Reservation means land that is within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Reservation in the State, as defined by the Act of June 14, 1934 (48 Stat. 960, chapter 521), including—

(i)

all land—

(I)

withdrawn by the Executive Order dated December 16, 1882, and partitioned to the Navajo Nation in accordance with the Act of December 22, 1974 (Public Law 93–531; 88 Stat. 1713), and codified in the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Settlement Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 640d note; Public Law 104–301); and

(II)

partitioned to the Navajo Nation by Judgment of Partition, dated February 10, 1977, in the case styled Sekaquaptewa v. MacDonald, Case No. CIV–579–PCT–JAW (D. Ariz.); and

(ii)

all land taken into trust as a part of the Navajo Reservation pursuant to section 11 of the Act of December 22, 1974 (25 U.S.C. 640d–10) and codified in the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Settlement Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 640d note; Public Law 104–301).

(B)

Map

(i)

In general

The Navajo Reservation is also depicted more particularly on the map attached to the settlement agreement as exhibit 3.1.100.

(ii)

Applicability

In case of a conflict relating to the Navajo Reservation as depicted on the map under clause (i) and the definition in subparagraph (A), the map under clause (i) shall control.

(C)

Exclusion

Except as provided in paragraph (36)(C), the term Navajo Reservation does not include any land within the boundaries of the Hopi Reservation.

(68)

Navajo trust land

The term Navajo trust land means land that—

(A)

is located in the State;

(B)

is located outside the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Reservation; and

(C)

as of the LCR enforceability date, is held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Navajo Nation.

(69)

Norviel Decree

The term Norviel Decree means the final decree of the State of Arizona Superior Court in and for the County of Apache in the case styled The St. John's Irrigation Company and the Meadows Reservoir Irrigation Company, et al. v. Round Valley Water Storage & Ditch Company, Eagar Irrigation Company, Springerville Water Right and Ditch Company, et al., Case No. 569 (Apr. 29, 1918), including any modifications to the final decree.

(70)

OM&R

The term OM&R means operation, maintenance, and replacement.

(71)

Party

The term party means a person who is a signatory to the settlement agreement.

(72)

Peabody

The term Peabody means the Peabody Western Coal Company, including any affiliate or successor of the Peabody Western Coal Company.

(73)

Person

(A)

In general

The term person means—

(i)

an individual;

(ii)

a public or private corporation;

(iii)

a company;

(iv)

a partnership;

(v)

a joint venture;

(vi)

a firm;

(vii)

an association;

(viii)

a society;

(ix)

an estate or trust;

(x)

a private organization or enterprise;

(xi)

the United States;

(xii)

an Indian tribe;

(xiii)

a State, territory, or country;

(xiv)

a governmental entity; and

(xv)

a political subdivision or municipal corporation organized under or subject to the constitution and laws of the State.

(B)

Inclusions

The term person includes an officer, director, agent, insurer, representative, employee, attorney, assign, subsidiary, affiliate, enterprise, legal representative, any predecessor and successor in interest and any heir of a predecessor and successor in interest of a person.

(74)

Preconstruction activity

(A)

In general

The term preconstruction activity means the work associated with the preplanning, planning, and design phases of construction, as those terms are defined in paragraphs (1) through (3) of section 900.112(a) of title 25, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulation).

(B)

Inclusion

The term preconstruction activity includes activities described in section 900.112(b) of title 25, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulation).

(75)

Railroad granted land

The term Railroad granted land means the land granted (including Federal rights-of-way and easements) to Navajo Project lessees in accordance with sections 1.16 and 2 of the grant issued by the Secretary and dated January 19, 1971.

(76)

Rights to Lower Colorado River water

The term rights to Lower Colorado River water means any and all rights in or to Lower Colorado River water under applicable law.

(77)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior (or the designee of the Secretary).

(78)

Settlement agreement

(A)

In general

The term settlement agreement means the 2012 agreement, including exhibits, entitled the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Agreement.

(B)

Inclusions

The term settlement agreement includes—

(i)

any amendments necessary to make the settlement agreement consistent with this Act; and

(ii)

any other amendments approved by the parties to the settlement agreement and the Secretary.

(79)

State

The term State means the State of Arizona.

(80)

State implementing law

The term State implementing law means a law enacted by the State that includes terms that are substantially similar to the terms of the settlement agreement and attached to the settlement agreement as exhibit 3.1.128.

(81)

Surface water

(A)

In general

The term surface water means all water in the State that is appropriable under State law.

(B)

Exclusions

The term surface water does not include—

(i)

appropriable water that is located within the upper basin; or

(ii)

Lower Colorado River water.

(82)

Underground water

(A)

In general

The term underground water means all water beneath the surface of the earth within the boundaries of the State, regardless of the legal characterization of that water as appropriable or nonappropriable under applicable law.

(B)

Exclusion

The term underground water does not include effluent.

(83)

Upper basin

The term upper basin has the meaning given the term in article II(f) of the Colorado River Compact.

(84)

Upper Basin Compact

The term Upper Basin Compact means the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact of 1948, as ratified and reprinted in article 3 of chapter 7 of title 45, Arizona Revised Statutes.

(85)

Upper basin water

The term upper basin water means the waters of the upper basin.

(86)

Water

The term water, when used without a modifying adjective, means—

(A)

groundwater;

(B)

surface water; and

(C)

effluent.

(87)

Water right

The term water right means any right in or to water under Federal, State, or law.

(88)

Western Navajo Colorado River Basin

The term Western Navajo Colorado River Basin means the portions of the Navajo Reservation that are located in the lower basin and outside of the LCR watershed.

(89)

Window rock

The term Window Rock means the geographical area in the State to be served by the Navajo-Gallup water supply project, which shall include Window Rock, Arizona.

I

Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River water rights settlement agreement

101.

Ratification and execution of the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River water rights settlement agreement

(a)

In general

Except to the extent that any provision of the settlement agreement conflicts with this Act, the settlement agreement is authorized, ratified, and confirmed.

(b)

Amendments to settlement agreement

If an amendment to the settlement agreement is executed to make the settlement agreement consistent with this Act, the amendment is authorized, ratified, and confirmed.

(c)

Execution of settlement agreement

To the extent the settlement agreement does not conflict with this Act, the Secretary shall promptly execute—

(1)

the settlement agreement, including all exhibits to the settlement agreement requiring the signature of the Secretary; and

(2)

any amendments to the settlement agreement, including any amendment to any exhibit to the settlement agreement requiring the signature of the Secretary, necessary to make the settlement agreement consistent with this Act.

(d)

Discretion of the Secretary

The Secretary may execute any other amendment to the settlement agreement, including any amendment to any exhibit to the settlement agreement requiring the signature of the Secretary, that is not inconsistent with this Act if the amendment does not require congressional approval pursuant to the Trade and Intercourse Act (25 U.S.C. 177) or other applicable Federal law (including regulations).

102.

Water rights

(a)

Water rights To be held in trust

(1)

Navajo Nation water rights

All water rights of the Navajo Nation for the Navajo Reservation and land held in trust by the United States for the Navajo Nation and allottees of the Navajo Nation and all Navajo Nation CAP water shall be held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Navajo Nation and allottees of the Navajo Nation, respectively.

(2)

Hopi Tribe water rights

All water rights of the Hopi Tribe for the Hopi Reservation and land held in trust by the United States for the Hopi Tribe and allottees of the Hopi Tribe shall be held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Hopi Tribe and allottees of the Hopi Tribe, respectively.

(b)

Forfeiture and abandonment

Any water right held in trust by the United States under subsection (a) shall not be subject to loss by nonuse, forfeiture, abandonment, or any other provision of law.

(c)

Use of water diverted from LCR watershed

(1)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Navajo Nation may—

(A)

divert surface water or groundwater described in paragraph 4.0 of the settlement agreement; and

(B)

subject to the condition that the water remain on the Navajo Reservation, move any water diverted under subparagraph (A) out of the LCR watershed for use by the Navajo Nation.

(2)

Effect of diversion

Any water diverted and moved out of the LCR watershed pursuant to paragraph (1)—

(A)

shall be considered to be a part of the LCR; and

(B)

shall not be considered to be part of, or charged against, the consumptive use apportionment made—

(i)

to the State by article III(a)(1) of the Upper Basin Compact; or

(ii)

to the upper basin by article III(a) of the Colorado River Compact.

(d)

Water rights of allottees

(1)

Navajo Reservation allotments

(A)

In general

The right of an allottee (and of the United States acting as trustee for an allottee), to use water on an allotment located on the Navajo Reservation shall be—

(i)

satisfied solely from the water secured to the Navajo Nation (and to the United States acting as trustee for the Navajo Nation) by the LCR decree; and

(ii)

subject to the terms of the LCR decree.

(B)

Administration

A right under subparagraph (A) shall be enforceable only pursuant to the Navajo Nation water code, which shall provide allottees a process to enforce such rights against the Navajo Nation.

(2)

Hopi Reservation allotments

(A)

In general

The right of an allottee (and of the United States acting as trustee for an allottee), to use water on an allotment located on the Hopi Reservation shall be—

(i)

satisfied solely from the water secured to the Hopi Tribe (and to the United States acting as trustee for the Hopi Tribe) by the LCR decree; and

(ii)

subject to the terms of the LCR decree.

(B)

Administration

A right under subparagraph (A) shall be enforceable only pursuant to the Hopi Tribe water code, which shall provide allottees a process to enforce such rights against the Hopi Tribe.

(3)

Off-reservation allotments

The right of an allottee (and of the United States acting as trustee for an allottee), to use water on an allotment located off the Navajo and Hopi Reservations shall be as described in the abstracts attached to the settlement agreement as exhibit 4.7.3.

103.

Authorization for construction of municipal, domestic, commercial, and industrial water projects

(a)

Navajo groundwater projects

(1)

In general

Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary, acting through the Commissioner, shall plan, design, and construct the water diversion and delivery features of the Navajo Groundwater Projects.

(2)

Lead agency

The Bureau of Reclamation shall serve as the lead agency for any activity relating to the planning, design, and construction of the water diversion and delivery features of the Navajo Groundwater Projects.

(3)

Scope

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), the scope of the planning, design, and construction activities for the Navajo Groundwater Projects shall be as generally described in the documents prepared by Brown & Caldwell entitled—

(i)

Final Summary Report Leupp, Birdsprings, and Tolani Lake Water Distribution System Analysis (May 2008);

(ii)

Final Summary Report Dilkon and Teestoh Water Distribution System Analysis (May 2008);

(iii)

Raw Water Transmission Pipeline Alignment Alternative Evaluation Final Report (May 2008); and

(iv)

Ganado C-Aquifer Project Report (October 2008).

(B)

Review

(i)

In general

Before beginning construction activities for the Navajo Groundwater Projects, the Secretary shall—

(I)

review the proposed designs of the Navajo Groundwater Projects; and

(II)

carry out value engineering analyses of the proposed designs.

(ii)

Negotiations with the navajo nation

As necessary, the Secretary shall periodically negotiate and reach agreement with the Navajo Nation regarding any change to the proposed designs of the Navajo Groundwater Projects if, on the basis of the review under clause (i), the Secretary determines that a change is necessary—

(I)

to meet applicable industry standards;

(II)

to ensure the Navajo Groundwater Projects will be constructed for not more than the amount set forth in paragraph (4); and

(III)

to improve the cost-effectiveness of the delivery of water.

(4)

Funding

(A)

In general

The total amount of obligations incurred by the Secretary in carrying out this subsection shall not exceed $199,000,000, except that the total amount of obligations shall be increased or decreased, as appropriate, based on ordinary fluctuations from May 1, 2011, in construction cost indices applicable to the types of construction involved in the planning, design, and construction of the Navajo Groundwater Projects.

(B)

No reimbursement

The Secretary shall not be reimbursed by any entity, including the Navajo Nation, for any amounts expended by the Secretary in carrying out this subsection.

(C)

Project efficiencies

If the total cost of planning, design, and construction activities of the Navajo Groundwater Projects results in cost savings and is less than the amounts authorized to be obligated under this paragraph, the Secretary, at the request of the Navajo Nation, may—

(i)

use those cost savings to carry out capital improvement projects associated with the Navajo Groundwater Projects; or

(ii)

transfer those cost savings to the Navajo OM&R Trust Account.

(5)

Applicability of the ISDEAA

(A)

In general

At the request of the Navajo Nation and in accordance with the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.), the Secretary shall enter into 1 or more agreements with the Navajo Nation to carry out this subsection.

(B)

Administration

The Commissioner and the Navajo Nation shall negotiate the cost of any oversight activity carried out by the Bureau of Reclamation for an agreement entered into under subparagraph (A), subject to the condition that the total cost for the oversight shall not exceed 4.0 percent of the total costs of the Navajo Groundwater Projects.

(6)

Title to navajo groundwater projects

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall convey to the Navajo Nation title to each of the Navajo Groundwater Projects on the date on which the Secretary issues a notice of substantial completion that—

(i)

the infrastructure constructed is capable of storing, diverting, treating, transmitting, and distributing a supply of water as generally set forth in the final project design described in paragraph (3); and

(ii)

the Secretary has consulted with the Navajo Nation regarding the proposed finding that the respective Navajo Groundwater Project is substantially complete.

(B)

Limitation on liability

Effective beginning on the date on which the Secretary transfers to the Navajo Nation title to the Leupp-Dilkon Groundwater Project or the Ganado Groundwater Project under subparagraph (A), the United States shall not be held liable by any court for damages arising out of any act, omission, or occurrence relating to the facilities transferred, other than damages caused by an intentional act or an act of negligence committed by the United States, or by employees or agents of the United States, prior to the date on which the Secretary transfers title to the Leupp-Dilkon Groundwater Project or the Ganado Groundwater Project to the Navajo Nation.

(C)

OM&R obligation of the United States after conveyance

The United States shall have no obligation to pay for the OM&R costs of the Navajo Groundwater Projects beginning on the date on which—

(i)

title to the Navajo Groundwater Projects is transferred to the Navajo Nation; and

(ii)

the amounts required to be deposited in the Navajo OM&R Trust Account pursuant to section 104(b) have been deposited in that account.

(7)

Technical assistance

Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall provide technical assistance, including operation and management training, to the Navajo Nation to prepare the Navajo Nation for the operation of the Navajo Groundwater Projects.

(8)

Project management committee

The Secretary shall facilitate the formation of a project management committee composed of representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Navajo Nation—

(A)

to review cost factors and budgets for construction, operation, and maintenance activities for the Navajo Groundwater Projects;

(B)

to improve management of inherently governmental functions through enhanced communication; and

(C)

to seek additional ways to reduce overall costs for the Navajo Groundwater Projects.

(9)

Authorization to construct

(A)

In general

The Secretary is authorized to construct the Navajo Groundwater Projects beginning on the day after the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 108(a).

(B)

Preconstruction activities

Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), the Secretary is authorized to use amounts appropriated to the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account pursuant to section 104(a) to carry out prior to the LCR enforceability date preconstruction activities for the Navajo Groundwater Projects.

(b)

Hopi groundwater project

(1)

In general

Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary, acting through the Commissioner, shall plan, design, and construct the water diversion and delivery features of the Hopi Groundwater Project.

(2)

Lead agency

The Bureau of Reclamation shall serve as the lead agency for any activity relating to the planning, design, and construction of the water diversion and delivery features of the Hopi Groundwater Project.

(3)

Scope

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), the scope of the planning, design, and construction activities for the Hopi Groundwater Project shall be as generally described in the document entitled Hopi Tribe 2012 Little Colorado River Adjudication Settlement Domestic, Commercial, Municipal and Industrial Water System Memorandum (February 2012) by Dowl HKM.

(B)

Review

(i)

In general

Before beginning construction activities, the Secretary shall—

(I)

review the proposed design of the Hopi Groundwater Project; and

(II)

carry out value engineering analyses of the proposed design.

(ii)

Negotiations with the hopi tribe

As necessary, the Secretary shall periodically negotiate and reach agreement with the Hopi Tribe regarding any change to the proposed design of the Hopi Groundwater Project if, on the basis of the review under clause (i), the Secretary determines that a change is necessary—

(I)

to meet applicable industry standards;

(II)

to ensure that the Hopi Groundwater Project will be constructed for not more than the amount set forth in paragraph (4); and

(III)

to improve the cost-effectiveness of the delivery of water.

(4)

Funding

(A)

In general

The total amount of obligations incurred by the Secretary in carrying out this subsection shall not exceed $113,000,000, except that the total amount of obligations shall be increased or decreased, as appropriate, based on ordinary fluctuations from May 1, 2011, in construction cost indices applicable to the types of construction involved in the planning, design, and construction of the Hopi Groundwater Project.

(B)

No reimbursement

The Secretary shall not be reimbursed by any entity, including the Hopi Tribe, for any amounts expended by the Secretary in carrying out this subsection.

(C)

Project efficiencies

If the total cost of planning, design, and construction activities of the Hopi Groundwater Project results in cost savings and is less than the amounts authorized to be obligated under this paragraph, the Secretary, at the request of the Hopi Tribe, may—

(i)

use those cost savings to carry out capital improvement projects associated with the Hopi Groundwater Project; or

(ii)

transfer those cost savings to the Hopi OM&R Trust Account.

(5)

Applicability of the ISDEAA

(A)

In general

At the request of the Hopi Tribe and in accordance with the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.), the Secretary shall enter into 1 or more agreements with the Hopi Tribe to carry out this subsection.

(B)

Administration

The Commissioner and the Hopi Tribe shall negotiate the cost of any oversight activity carried out by the Bureau of Reclamation for an agreement entered into under subparagraph (A), subject to the condition that the total cost for the oversight shall not exceed 4.0 percent of the total costs of the Hopi Groundwater Project.

(6)

Title to hopi groundwater project

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall convey to the Hopi Tribe title to the Hopi Groundwater Project on the date on which the Secretary issues a notice of substantial completion that—

(i)

the infrastructure constructed is capable of storing, diverting, treating, transmitting, and distributing a supply of water as generally set forth in the final project design described in paragraph (3); and

(ii)

the Secretary has consulted with the Hopi Tribe regarding the proposed finding that the Hopi Groundwater Project is substantially complete.

(B)

Limitation on liability

Effective beginning on the date on which the Secretary transfers to the Hopi Tribe title to the Hopi Groundwater Project under subparagraph (A), the United States shall not be held liable by any court for damages arising out of any act, omission, or occurrence relating to the facilities transferred, other than damages caused by an intentional act or an act of negligence committed by the United States, or by employees or agents of the United States, prior to the date on which the Secretary transfers title to the Hopi Groundwater Project to the Hopi Tribe.

(C)

OM&R obligation of the United States after conveyance

The United States shall have no obligation to pay for the OM&R costs of the Hopi Groundwater Project beginning on the date on which—

(i)

title to the Hopi Groundwater Project is transferred to the Hopi Tribe; and

(ii)

the amounts required to be deposited in the Hopi OM&R Trust Account pursuant to section 104(d) have been deposited in that account.

(7)

Technical assistance

Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall provide technical assistance, including operation and management training, to the Hopi Tribe to prepare the Hopi Tribe for the operation of the Hopi Groundwater Project.

(8)

Project management committee

The Secretary shall facilitate the formation of a project management committee composed of representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Hopi Tribe—

(A)

to review cost factors and budgets for construction, operation, and maintenance activities for the Hopi Groundwater Project;

(B)

to improve management of inherently governmental activities through enhanced communication; and

(C)

to seek additional ways to reduce overall costs for the Hopi Groundwater Project.

(9)

Authorization to construct

(A)

In general

The Secretary is authorized to construct the Hopi Groundwater Project beginning on the day after the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 108(a).

(B)

Preconstruction activities

Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), the Secretary is authorized to use amounts appropriated to the Hopi Groundwater Project Account pursuant to section 104(c) to carry out prior to the LCR enforceability date preconstruction activities for the Hopi Groundwater Project.

(c)

N-Aquifer management plan

(1)

In general

Prior to the LCR enforceability date, the Secretary, acting through the Director of the United States Geological Survey and in consultation with the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe, is authorized to use amounts appropriated to the N-Aquifer Account pursuant to section 104(e) to conduct modeling and monitoring activities of the N-Aquifer as provided for in paragraph 6.2 of the settlement agreement.

(2)

Continuing assistance

After the LCR enforceability date, the Secretary, in consultation with the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe, is authorized to use amounts appropriated to the N-Aquifer Account pursuant to section 104(e) to assist the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe in implementing the N-Aquifer Management Plan and the Pasture Canyon Springs Protection Program Account pursuant to section 104(f) to assist the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe in implementing the Pasture Canyon Springs Protection Program, both as described in paragraph 6.2 of the settlement agreement.

(3)

Limited liability

The Secretary shall have no liability with respect to the management of the N-Aquifer, subject to the condition that the Secretary complies with the responsibilities of the Secretary, as set forth in the N-Aquifer Management Plan.

104.

Funding

(a)

Navajo groundwater projects account

(1)

Establishment

There is established in the Treasury of the United States an account, to be known as the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account, to be administered by the Secretary, consisting of the amounts deposited in the account under paragraph (2), together with any interest accrued by those amounts, for use by the Navajo Nation in constructing the Navajo Groundwater Projects.

(2)

Transfers to account

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (C), there are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary for deposit in the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account—

(i)

$199,000,000, to remain available until expended; less

(ii)

the amounts deposited in the account under subparagraph (B).

(B)

Transfers from other sources

(i)

Lower Colorado river basin development fund

(I)

In general

The Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer, without further appropriation, $25,000,000 to the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account from the Future Indian Water Settlement Subaccount of the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund established pursuant to section 403(f)(2)(D)(vi) of the Colorado River Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1543(f)(2)(D)(vi)).

(II)

Availability

The amounts transferred under subclause (I) shall not be available to the Secretary for expenditure until the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 108(a).

(ii)

Reclamation water settlements fund

(I)

In general

If amounts remain available for expenditure in the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund established by section 10501 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 407), the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer to the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account, without further appropriation, not more than $50,000,000.

(II)

Availability

The amounts transferred under subclause (I) shall not be available to the Secretary for expenditure until the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 108(a).

(iii)

State contribution

Pursuant to subparagraph 13.22 of the settlement agreement, the State shall transfer to the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account $1,000,000.

(C)

Fluctuation in development costs

The amount authorized to be appropriated under subparagraph (A)(i) and deposited in the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account shall be increased or decreased, as appropriate, by such amounts as may be justified by reason of ordinary fluctuations in development costs occurring after May 1, 2011, as indicated by engineering cost indices applicable to the type of construction involved, until the Secretary declares that the Navajo Groundwater Projects are substantially complete.

(3)

Management of account

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall manage the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account in a manner that is consistent with—

(i)

the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (25 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.); and

(ii)

this subsection.

(B)

Investments

The Secretary shall invest amounts in the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account in accordance with—

(i)

the Act of April 1, 1880 (25 U.S.C. 161);

(ii)

the first section of the Act of June 24, 1938 (25 U.S.C. 162a); and

(iii)

obligations of Federal corporations and Federal Government-sponsored entities, the charter documents of which provide that the obligations of the entities are lawful investments for federally managed funds, including—

(I)

obligations of the United States Postal Service described in section 2005 of title 39, United States Code;

(II)

bonds and other obligations of the Tennessee Valley Authority described in section 15d of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933 (16 U.S.C. 831n–4);

(III)

mortgages, obligations, or other securities of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation described in section 303 of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act (12 U.S.C. 1452); and

(IV)

bonds, notes, or debentures of the Commodity Credit Corporation described in section 4 of the Act of March 8, 1938 (15 U.S.C. 713a–4).

(C)

Credits to account

The interest on, and the proceeds from, the sale or redemption of, any obligations held in the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account shall be credited to, and form a part of, the account.

(4)

Availability of amounts and investment earnings

(A)

In general

Except as provided in section 103(a)(9), amounts appropriated to and deposited in the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account shall not be available to the Secretary for expenditure until the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 108(a).

(B)

Investment earnings

Investment earnings on amounts deposited in the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account under paragraph (3) shall not be available to the Secretary for expenditure until the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 108(a).

(b)

Navajo OM&R trust account

(1)

Establishment

There is established in the Treasury of the United States a trust account, to be known as the Navajo OM&R Trust Account, to be administered by the Secretary and to be available until expended, consisting of the amounts deposited in the account under paragraph (2), together with any interest accrued by those amounts, for the OM&R of the Navajo Groundwater Projects.

(2)

Authorization of appropriations

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B) and in addition to any amounts transferred to the Navajo OM&R Trust Account pursuant to section 103(a)(4), there is authorized to be appropriated, deposited, and retained in the Navajo OM&R Trust Account, $23,000,000.

(B)

Fluctuation in costs

The amount authorized to be appropriated under subparagraph (A) shall be increased or decreased, as appropriate, by such amounts as may be justified by reason of ordinary fluctuations in costs occurring after May 1, 2011, as indicated by applicable engineering cost indices.

(3)

Management of account

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall manage the Navajo OM&R Trust Account in a manner that is consistent with—

(i)

the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (25 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.); and

(ii)

this subsection.

(B)

Investments

The Secretary shall invest amounts in the Navajo OM&R Trust Account in accordance with subsection (a)(3)(B).

(4)

Availability of amounts

Amounts appropriated to and deposited in the Navajo OM&R Trust Account, including any investment earnings, shall be made available to the Navajo Nation by the Secretary beginning on the date on which title to the Navajo Groundwater Projects is transferred to the Navajo Nation.

(c)

Hopi groundwater project account

(1)

Establishment

There is established in the Treasury of the United States an account, to be known as the Hopi Groundwater Project Account, to be administered by the Secretary, and consisting of the amounts deposited in the account under paragraph (2), together with any interest accrued by those amounts, for use in constructing the Hopi Groundwater Project.

(2)

Transfers to account

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraphs (C), there is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary for deposit in the Hopi Groundwater Project Account—

(i)

$113,000,000, to remain available until expended; less

(ii)

the amounts deposited in the account under subparagraph (B).

(B)

Transfers from other sources

(i)

Lower Colorado river basin development fund

(I)

In general

The Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer, without further appropriation, $25,000,000 to the Hopi Groundwater Project Account from the Future Indian Water Settlement Subaccount of the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund established pursuant to section 403(f)(2)(D)(vi) of the Colorado River Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1543(f)(2)(D)(vi)).

(II)

Availability

The amounts transferred under subclause (I) shall not be available to the Secretary for expenditure until the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 108(a).

(ii)

State contribution

Pursuant to subparagraph 13.22 of the settlement agreement, the State shall transfer to the Hopi Groundwater Project Account $1,000,000.

(C)

Fluctuation in development costs

The amount authorized to be appropriated under subparagraph (A)(i) shall be increased or decreased, as appropriate, by such amounts as may be justified by reason of ordinary fluctuations in development costs occurring after May 1, 2011, as indicated by engineering cost indices applicable to the type of construction involved, until the Secretary declares that the Hopi Groundwater Project is substantially complete.

(3)

Management of account

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall manage the Hopi Groundwater Project Account in a manner that is consistent with—

(i)

the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (25 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.); and

(ii)

this subsection.

(B)

Investments

The Secretary shall invest amounts in the Hopi Groundwater Project Account in accordance with subsection (a)(3)(B).

(C)

Credits to account

The interest on, and the proceeds from, the sale or redemption of, any obligations held in the Hopi Groundwater Project Account shall be credited to, and form a part of, the account.

(4)

Availability of amounts and investment earnings

(A)

In general

Except as provided in section 103(b)(9), amounts appropriated to and deposited in the Hopi Groundwater Project Account shall not be available to the Secretary for expenditure until the date on which the Secretary publishes findings under section 108(a).

(B)

Investment earnings

Investment earnings on amounts deposited in the Hopi Groundwater Project Account under paragraph (3) shall not be available to the Secretary for expenditure until after the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 108(a).

(d)

Hopi OM&R trust account

(1)

Establishment

There is established in the Treasury of the United States a trust account, to be known as the Hopi OM&R Trust Account, to be administered by the Secretary and to be available until expended, consisting of the amounts deposited in the account under paragraph (2), together with any interest accrued by those amounts, for the OM&R of the Hopi Groundwater Project.

(2)

Authorization of appropriations

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B) and in addition to any amounts transferred to the Hopi OM&R Trust Account pursuant to section 103(b)(4), there is authorized to be appropriated, deposited, and retained in the Hopi OM&R Trust Account, $5,000,000.

(B)

Fluctuation in costs

The amount authorized to be appropriated under subparagraph (A) shall be increased or decreased, as appropriate, by such amounts as may be justified by reason of ordinary fluctuations in costs occurring after May 1, 2011, as indicated by applicable engineering cost indices.

(3)

Management of account

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall manage the Hopi OM&R Trust Account in a manner that is consistent with—

(i)

the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (25 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.); and

(ii)

this subsection.

(B)

Investments

The Secretary shall invest amounts in the Hopi OM&R Trust Account in accordance with subsection (a)(3)(B).

(4)

Availability of amounts

Amounts appropriated to and deposited in the Hopi OM&R Trust Account, including any investment earnings, shall be made available to the Hopi Tribe by the Secretary beginning on the date on which title to the Hopi Groundwater Project is transferred to the Hopi Tribe.

(e)

N-Aquifer account

(1)

Establishment

There is established in the Treasury of the United States an account, to be known as the N-Aquifer Account, to be administered by the Secretary and to be available until expended, consisting of the amounts deposited in the account under paragraph (2) to carry out activities relating to the N-Aquifer in accordance with section 103(c) and subparagraph 6.2 of the settlement agreement.

(2)

Authorization of appropriations for n-aquifer management plan

(A)

In general

In addition to any amounts transferred to the Aquifer account pursuant to subsection (g), there is authorized to be appropriated, deposited, and retained to carry out section 103(c) and subparagraph 6.2 of the settlement agreement $5,000,000.

(B)

Fluctuations in costs

The amount authorized to be appropriated under subparagraph (A) shall be increased or decreased, as appropriate, by such amounts as may be justified by reason of ordinary fluctuations in costs occurring after May 1, 2011, as indicated by applicable engineering cost indices.

(3)

Availability

Amounts appropriated to and deposited in the N-Aquifer Account shall be made available by the Secretary prior to the LCR enforceability date to carry out the activities relating to the N-Aquifer management plan in accordance with section 103(c)(1) and subparagraph 6.2 of the settlement agreement.

(f)

Pasture canyon springs protection program account

(1)

Establishment

There is established in the Treasury of the United States a trust account, to be known as the Pasture Canyon Springs Protection Program Account, to be administered by the Secretary and to be available until expended, consisting of the amounts deposited in the account under paragraph (2), together with any interest accrued by those amounts, to carry out activities relating to the Pasture Canyon Springs Protection Program in accordance with section 103(c) and subparagraph 6.2 of the settlement agreement.

(2)

Authorization of appropriation for pasture canyon springs protection program

(A)

In general

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out activities relating to the Pasture Canyon Springs Protection Program in accordance with section 103(c)(2) and to implement the Pasture Canyon Springs Protection Program provisions of subparagraph 6.2 of the settlement agreement $10,400,000.

(B)

Fluctuations in costs

The amount authorized to be appropriated under subparagraph (A) shall be increased or decreased, as appropriate, by such amounts as may be justified by reason of ordinary fluctuations in costs occurring after May 1, 2011, as indicated by applicable engineering cost indices.

(3)

Management of account

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall manage the Pasture Canyon Springs Protection Program Account in a manner that is consistent with—

(i)

the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (25 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.); and

(ii)

this subsection.

(B)

Investments

The Secretary shall invest amounts in the Pasture Canyon Springs Protection Program Account in accordance with subsection (a)(3)(B).

(4)

Availability

Amounts made available under this subsection shall not be available to the Secretary for expenditure until the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 108(a).

(g)

Transfer of funds

(1)

Navajo nation

The Secretary may, upon request of the Navajo Nation, transfer amounts from an account established by subsections (a) and (b) to any other account established by this section.

(2)

Hopi tribe

The Secretary may, upon request of the Hopi Tribe, transfer amounts from an account established by subsections (c), (d), and (f) to any other account established by this section.

(3)

Availability

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall not transfer amounts under this subsection until the day after the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 108(a).

(B)

Available until expended

Any amounts transferred under this subsection shall remain available until expended.

(h)

Offset

To the extent necessary, the Secretary shall offset any direct spending authorized and any interest earned on amounts expended pursuant to this section using such additional amounts as may be made available to the Secretary for the applicable fiscal year.

105.

Waivers, releases, and retentions of claims

(a)

Navajo nation waivers, releases, and retentions of claims

(1)

Claims against the State and others

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (C), the Navajo Nation, on behalf of itself and the members of the Navajo Nation (but not members in their capacity as allottees), and the United States, acting as trustee for the Navajo Nation and the members of the Navajo Nation (but not members in their capacity as allottees), as part of the performance of the respective obligations of the Navajo Nation and the United States under the settlement agreement, are authorized to execute a waiver and release of any claims against the State (or any agency or political subdivision of the State), the Hopi Tribe, or any other person, entity, corporation or municipal corporation under Federal, State or other law for all—

(i)

past, present, and future claims for water rights for Navajo land and land of the Navajo Nation outside of the State, whether held in fee or held in trust by the United States on behalf of the Navajo Nation, arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever;

(ii)

past, present, and future claims for water rights arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever, that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land both within and outside of the State by the Navajo Nation, the members of the Navajo Nation, or their predecessors;

(iii)

past and present claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality for Navajo land and land of the Navajo Nation outside of the State, whether held in fee or held in trust by the United States on behalf of the Navajo Nation, arising from time immemorial through the LCR enforceability date;

(iv)

past, present, and future claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever, that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land both within and outside of the State by the Navajo Nation, the members of the Navajo Nation, or their predecessors;

(v)

claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality arising after the LCR enforceability date for Navajo land and land of the Navajo Nation outside of the State, whether held in fee or held in trust by the United States on behalf of the Navajo Nation, resulting from the diversion or use of water in a manner not in violation of the settlement agreement; and

(vi)

past, present, and future claims arising out of, or relating in any manner to, the negotiation, execution, or adoption of the settlement agreement, an applicable settlement judgment or decree, or this Act.

(B)

Effective date

The waiver and release of claims under subparagraph (A) shall be effective on the LCR enforceability date.

(C)

Retention of claims

The Navajo Nation, on behalf of itself and the members of the Navajo Nation (but not members in their capacity as allottees), and the United States, acting as trustee for the Navajo Nation and the members of the Navajo Nation (but not members in their capacity as allottees), shall retain all rights not expressly waived under subparagraph (A), including any right—

(i)

subject to subparagraph 13.14 of the settlement agreement—

(I)

to assert claims of rights to upper basin water for Navajo land; and

(II)

to assert claims of rights to upper basin water that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land within the upper basin by the Navajo Nation, the members of the Navajo Nation, or their predecessors;

(ii)

subject to subparagraphs 6.3 and 13.8 of the settlement agreement, to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Navajo Nation under the settlement agreement or this Act, in any Federal or State court of competent jurisdiction;

(iii)

to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Navajo Nation under the LCR decree;

(iv)

to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Navajo Nation under the Gila River Adjudication decree;

(v)

to participate in the LCR adjudication to the extent provided in the settlement agreement;

(vi)

to participate in the Gila River adjudication to the extent provided in subparagraphs 4.12, 4.13 and 4.14 of the settlement agreement;

(vii)

except as provided in the settlement agreement, to object to any claims for water rights, injury to water rights, or injury to water quality by or for any Indian tribe or the United States on behalf of the Indian tribe;

(viii)

except as provided in the settlement agreement, to assert past, present, or future claims for injury to water rights, injury to water quality, or any other claims other than a claim for water rights, against any Indian tribe or the United States on behalf of the Indian tribe;

(ix)

to assert past, present, or future claims for rights to Lower Colorado River water, injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water, or injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water for Navajo land; and

(x)

to assert past, present, or future claims for rights to Lower Colorado River water, injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water, or injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by the Navajo Nation, the members of the Navajo Nation, or their predecessors.

(2)

Claims against the United States

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (C), the Navajo Nation, on behalf of itself and the members of the Navajo Nation (but not members in their capacity as allottees), as part of the performance of the obligations of the Navajo Nation under the settlement agreement, is authorized to execute a waiver and release of any claims against the United States (or agencies, officials, or employees of the United States) under Federal, State, or other law for all—

(i)

past, present, and future claims for water rights for Navajo land and land of the Navajo Nation outside of the State, whether held in fee or held in trust by the United States on behalf of the Navajo Nation, arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever;

(ii)

past, present, and future claims for water rights arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever, that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land both within and outside of the State by the Navajo Nation, the members of the Navajo Nation, or their predecessors;

(iii)

past and present claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality for Navajo land and land of the Navajo Nation outside of the State, whether held in fee or held in trust by the United States on behalf of the Navajo Nation, arising from time immemorial through the LCR enforceability date;

(iv)

past, present, and future claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever, that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land both within and outside of the State by the Navajo Nation, the members of the Navajo Nation, or their predecessors;

(v)

claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality arising after the LCR enforceability date for Navajo land and land of the Navajo Nation outside of the State, whether held in fee or held in trust by the United States on behalf of the Navajo Nation, resulting from the diversion or use of water in a manner not in violation of the settlement agreement;

(vi)

past, present, and future claims arising out of, or relating in any manner to, the negotiation, execution, or adoption of the settlement agreement, an applicable settlement judgment or decree, or this Act;

(vii)

past, present, and future claims for failure to protect, acquire, or develop water rights for or on behalf of the Navajo Nation and the members of the Navajo Nation arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever;

(viii)

past, present, and future claims relating to failure to assert any claims authorized to be waived under this subsection;

(ix)

claims for the OM&R costs of the Navajo Groundwater Projects, which shall be effective on the date on which the Secretary transfers title to, and OM&R responsibility for, the Navajo Groundwater Projects to the Navajo Nation;

(x)

claims in the case styled The Navajo Nation v. United States Department of the Interior, Case No. CV–03–0507–PCT–PGR, pending in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, including all claims based on the facts alleged in the complaint filed in the action, except any claim that is dismissed without prejudice pursuant to section 108(a)(14); and

(xi)

past and present claims relating in any manner to damages, losses, or injuries to water, water rights, land, or other resources due to loss of water or water rights (including damages, losses, or injuries to hunting, fishing, gathering, or cultural rights due to loss of water or water rights, claims relating to interference with, diversion, or taking of water, or claims relating to failure to protect, acquire, or develop water, water rights, or water infrastructure) within the reservation and off-reservation trust land that first accrued at any time prior to the LCR enforceability date.

(B)

Effective date

Except as provided in subparagraph (A)(ix), the waiver and release of claims under subparagraph (A) shall be effective on the LCR enforceability date.

(C)

Retention of claims

The Navajo Nation and the members of the Navajo Nation (but not members in their capacity as allottees) shall retain all rights not expressly waived in under subparagraph (A), including any right—

(i)

subject to subparagraph 13.14 of the settlement agreement—

(I)

to assert claims of rights to upper basin water for Navajo land; and

(II)

to assert claims of rights to upper basin water that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land within the upper basin by the Navajo Nation, the members of the Navajo Nation, or their predecessors;

(ii)

subject to subparagraph 13.8 of the settlement agreement, to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Navajo Nation under the settlement agreement or this Act in any Federal or State court of competent jurisdiction;

(iii)

to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Navajo Nation under the LCR decree;

(iv)

to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Navajo Nation under the Gila River adjudication decree;

(v)

to participate in the LCR adjudication to the extent provided in the settlement agreement;

(vi)

to participate in the Gila River adjudication to the extent provided in subparagraphs 4.12, 4.13, and 4.14 of the settlement agreement;

(vii)

except as provided in the settlement agreement, to object to any claims for water rights, injury to water rights, or injury to water quality by or for any Indian tribe or the United States on behalf of the Indian tribe;

(viii)

except as provided in the settlement agreement, to assert past, present, or future claims for injury to water rights, injury to water quality, or any other claims other than a claim for water rights, against any Indian tribe or the United States on behalf of the Indian tribe;

(ix)

to assert past, present, or future claims for rights to Lower Colorado River water, injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water, or injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water for Navajo land; and

(x)

to assert past, present, or future claims for rights to Lower Colorado River water, injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water, or injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by the Navajo Nation, the members of the Navajo Nation, or their predecessors.

(b)

Hopi tribe waivers, releases, and retentions of claims

(1)

Claims against the State and others

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (C), the Hopi Tribe, on behalf of itself and the members of the Hopi Tribe (but not members in their capacity as allottees), and the United States, acting as trustee for the Hopi Tribe and the members of the Hopi Tribe (but not members in their capacity as allottees), as part of the performance of the respective obligations of the Hopi Tribe and the United States under the settlement agreement, are authorized to execute a waiver and release of any claims against the State (or any agency or political subdivision of the State), the Navajo Nation, or any other person, entity, corporation, or municipal corporation under Federal, State, or other law for all—

(i)

past, present, and future claims for water rights for Hopi land arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever;

(ii)

past, present, and future claims for water rights arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever, that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by the Hopi Tribe, the members of the Hopi Tribe, or their predecessors;

(iii)

past and present claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality for Hopi land arising from time immemorial through the LCR enforceability date;

(iv)

past, present, and future claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever, that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by the Hopi Tribe, the members of the Hopi Tribe, or their predecessors;

(v)

claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality arising after the LCR enforceability date for Hopi land resulting from the diversion or use of water in a manner not in violation of the settlement agreement; and

(vi)

past, present, and future claims arising out of, or relating in any manner to, the negotiation, execution, or adoption of the settlement agreement, an applicable settlement judgment or decree, or this Act.

(B)

Effective date

The waiver and release of claims under subparagraph (A) shall be effective on the LCR enforceability date.

(C)

Retention of claims

The Hopi Tribe on behalf of itself and the members of the Hopi Tribe (but not members in their capacity as allottees), and the United States, acting as trustee for the Hopi Tribe and the members of the Hopi Tribe (but not members in their capacity as allottees), shall retain all rights not expressly waived under subparagraph (A), including any right—

(i)

to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Hopi Tribe under the Norviel Decree, as set forth in the abstracts required pursuant to subparagraph 5.4.1 of the settlement agreement;

(ii)

subject to subparagraphs 6.3 and 13.8 of the settlement agreement, to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Hopi Tribe under the settlement agreement or this Act, in any Federal or State court of competent jurisdiction;

(iii)

to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Hopi Tribe under the LCR decree;

(iv)

to participate in the LCR adjudication to the extent provided in the settlement agreement;

(v)

except as provided in the settlement agreement, to object to any claims for water rights, injury to water rights, or injury to water quality by or for any Indian tribe or the United States on behalf of the Indian tribe;

(vi)

except as provided in the settlement agreement, to assert past, present, or future claims for injury to water rights, injury to water quality, or any other claims other than a claim for water rights, against any Indian tribe or the United States on behalf of the Indian tribe;

(vii)

to assert past, present, or future claims for rights to Lower Colorado River water, injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water, or injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water for Hopi land; and

(viii)

to assert past, present, or future claims for rights to Lower Colorado River water, injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water, or injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by the Hopi Tribe, the members of the Hopi Tribe, or their predecessors.

(2)

Claims against the United States

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (C), the Hopi Tribe, on behalf of itself and the members of the Hopi Tribe (but not members in their capacity as allottees), as part of the performance of the obligations of the Hopi Tribe under the settlement agreement, is authorized to execute a waiver and release of any claims against the United States (or agencies, officials, or employees of the United States) under Federal, State, or other law for all—

(i)

past, present, and future claims for water rights for Hopi land arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever;

(ii)

past, present, and future claims for water rights arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever, that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by the Hopi Tribe, the members of the Hopi Tribe, or their predecessors;

(iii)

past and present claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality for Hopi land arising from time immemorial through the LCR enforceability date;

(iv)

past, present, and future claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever, that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by the Hopi Tribe, the members of the Hopi Tribe, or their predecessors;

(v)

claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality arising after the LCR enforceability date for Hopi land resulting from the diversion or use of water in a manner not in violation of the settlement agreement;

(vi)

past, present, and future claims arising out of, or relating in any manner to, the negotiation, execution, or adoption of the settlement agreement, an applicable settlement judgment or decree, or this Act;

(vii)

past, present, and future claims for failure to protect, acquire, or develop water rights for or on behalf of the Hopi Tribe and the members of the Hopi Tribe arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever;

(viii)

past, present, and future claims relating to failure to assert any claims authorized to be waived under this subsection;

(ix)

claims for the OM&R costs of the Hopi Groundwater Project, which shall become effective on the date on which the Secretary transfers title to, and OM&R responsibility for, the Hopi Groundwater Project to the Hopi Tribe; and

(x)

past and present claims relating in any manner to damages, losses, or injuries to water, water rights, land, or other resources due to loss of water or water rights (including damages, losses, or injuries to hunting, fishing, gathering, or cultural rights due to loss of water or water rights, claims relating to interference with, diversion, or taking of water, or claims relating to failure to protect, acquire, or develop water, water rights, or water infrastructure) within the reservation and off-reservation trust land that first accrued at any time prior to the LCR enforceability date.

(B)

Effective date

Except as provided in subparagraph (A)(ix), the waiver and release of claims under subparagraph (A) shall be effective on the LCR enforceability date.

(C)

Retention of claims

The Hopi Tribe on behalf of itself and the members of the Hopi Tribe (but not members in their capacity as allottees) shall retain all rights not expressly waived under subparagraph (A), including any right—

(i)

to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Hopi Tribe under the Norviel Decree, as set forth in the abstracts required pursuant to subparagraph 5.4.1 of the settlement agreement;

(ii)

subject to subparagraph 13.8 of the settlement agreement, to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Hopi Tribe under the settlement agreement or this Act, in any Federal or State court of competent jurisdiction;

(iii)

to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of the Hopi Tribe under the LCR decree;

(iv)

to participate in the LCR adjudication to the extent provided in the settlement agreement;

(v)

except as provided in the settlement agreement, to object to any claims for water rights, injury to water rights, or injury to water quality by or for any Indian tribe or the United States on behalf of the Indian tribe other than the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe;

(vi)

except as provided in the settlement agreement, to assert past, present, or future claims for injury to water rights, injury to water quality, or any other claims other than a claim for water rights, against any Indian tribe or the United States on behalf of the Indian tribe other than the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe;

(vii)

to assert past, present, or future claims for rights to Lower Colorado River water, injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water, or injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water for Hopi land; and

(viii)

to assert past, present, or future claims for rights to Lower Colorado River water, injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water, or injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by the Hopi Tribe, the members of the Hopi Tribe, or their predecessors.

(c)

Waivers and releases of claims by the United States

(1)

Acting as trustee for allottees

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (C), the United States, acting as trustee for allottees of the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe, as part of the performance of the obligations of the United States under the settlement agreement, is authorized to execute a waiver and release of any claims against the State (or any agency or political subdivision of the State), the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, or any other person, entity, corporation, or municipal corporation under Federal, State, or other law, for all—

(i)

past, present, and future claims for water rights for allotments arising from time immemorial, and, thereafter, forever;

(ii)

past, present, and future claims for water rights arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever, that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by allottees or their predecessors;

(iii)

past and present claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality for allotments arising from time immemorial through the LCR enforceability date;

(iv)

past, present, and future claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality, if any, arising from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever, that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by allottees or their predecessors;

(v)

claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality arising after the LCR enforceability date for allotments resulting from the diversion or use of water in a manner not in violation of the settlement agreement; and

(vi)

past, present, and future claims arising out of, or relating in any manner to, the negotiation, execution, or adoption of the settlement agreement, an applicable settlement judgment or decree, or this Act.

(B)

Effective date

The waiver and release of claims under subparagraph (A) shall be effective on the LCR enforceability date.

(C)

Retention of claims

The United States, acting as trustee for allottees of the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe, shall retain all rights not expressly waived under subparagraph (A), including any right—

(i)

subject to subparagraph 13.14 of the settlement agreement—

(I)

to assert claims of rights to upper basin water, if any, for allotments; and

(II)

to assert claims of rights to upper basin water that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land within the upper basin in the State by allottees or their predecessors;

(ii)

subject to subparagraph 13.8 of the settlement agreement, to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of allottees, if any, under the settlement agreement or this Act, in any Federal or State court of competent jurisdiction;

(iii)

to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the rights of allottees, if any, under the LCR decree;

(iv)

to participate in the LCR adjudication to the extent provided in the settlement agreement;

(v)

except as provided in the settlement agreement, to object to any claims for water rights, injury to water rights, or injury to water quality by or for any Indian tribe;

(vi)

except as provided in the settlement agreement, to assert past, present, or future claims for injury to water rights, injury to water quality, or any other claims other than a claim for water rights, against any Indian tribe;

(vii)

to assert past, present, or future claims for rights to Lower Colorado River water, injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water, or injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water for allotments; and

(viii)

to assert past, present, or future claims for rights to Lower Colorado River water, injury to rights to Lower Colorado River water, or injury to quality of Lower Colorado River water that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by allottees or their predecessors.

(2)

Waiver and release of claims by the United States against the navajo nation and the hopi tribe

(A)

In general

Except as provided subparagraph (C), the United States, except when acting as trustee for an Indian tribe other than the Navajo Nation or the Hopi Tribe, as part of the performance of the obligations of the United States under the settlement agreement, is authorized to execute a waiver and release of any and all claims of the United States against the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe, including any agency, official, or employee of the Navajo Nation or the Hopi Tribe, under Federal, State, or any other law for all—

(i)

past, present, and future claims arising out of, or relating in any manner to, the negotiation or execution of the settlement agreement or this Act;

(ii)

past and present claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality resulting from the diversion or use of water on Navajo land and Hopi land arising from time immemorial through the LCR enforceability date; and

(iii)

claims for injury to water rights and injury to water quality arising after the LCR enforceability date resulting from the diversion or use of water on Navajo land and Hopi land in a manner not in violation of the settlement agreement.

(B)

Effective date

The waiver and release of claims under subparagraph (A) shall be effective on the LCR enforceability date.

(C)

Retention of claims

The United States shall retain all rights not expressly waived under subparagraph (A), including—

(i)

subject to subparagraph 13.8 of the settlement agreement, to assert claims for injuries to, and seek enforcement of, the settlement agreement or this Act, in any Federal or State court of competent jurisdiction;

(ii)

to enforce the Gila River adjudication decree; and

(iii)

to enforce the LCR decree.

106.

Satisfaction of water rights and other benefits

(a)

Navajo Nation

(1)

In general

Except as provided in the settlement agreement, the benefits realized by the Navajo Nation under the settlement agreement and this Act shall be in complete and full satisfaction of all claims of the Navajo Nation and the members of the Navajo Nation, and the United States, acting as trustee for the Navajo Nation and the members of the Navajo Nation, for water rights, injury to water rights, and injury to water quality, under Federal, State, or other law with respect to Navajo land.

(2)

Source

Any entitlement to water of the Navajo Nation and the members of the Navajo Nation, or the United States, acting as trustee for the Navajo Nation and the members of the Navajo Nation, for Navajo land shall be satisfied out of the water resources and other benefits granted, confirmed, or recognized to or for the Navajo Nation, and the United States, acting as trustee for the Navajo Nation, by the settlement agreement, the LCR decree, the Navajo Nation water delivery contract, and this Act.

(3)

Effect

Notwithstanding paragraph (2), nothing in the settlement agreement or this Act has the effect of recognizing or establishing any right of a member of the Navajo Nation to water on Navajo land.

(b)

Hopi Tribe

(1)

In general

Except as provided in the settlement agreement, the benefits realized by the Hopi Tribe under the settlement agreement and this Act shall be in complete and full satisfaction of all claims of the Hopi Tribe and the members of the Hopi Tribe, and the United States, acting as trustee for the Hopi Tribe and the members of the Hopi Tribe, for water rights, injury to water rights, and injury to water quality under Federal, State, or other law with respect to Hopi land.

(2)

Source

Any entitlement to water of the Hopi Tribe and the members of the Hopi Tribe, or the United States, acting as trustee for the Hopi Tribe and the members of the Hopi Tribe, for Hopi land shall be satisfied out of the water resources and other benefits granted, confirmed, or recognized to or for the Hopi Tribe, and the United States, acting as trustee for the Hopi Tribe, by the settlement agreement, the LCR decree, and this Act.

(3)

Effect

Notwithstanding paragraph (2), nothing in the settlement agreement or this Act has the effect of recognizing or establishing any right of a member of the Hopi Tribe to water on Hopi land.

(c)

Allottees water claims

(1)

In general

Except as provided in the settlement agreement, the benefits realized by allottees under the settlement agreement and this Act shall be in complete replacement of and substitution for, and full satisfaction of, all claims of allottees, and the United States, acting as trustee for allottees, for water rights, injury to water rights, and injury to water quality under Federal, State, or other law with respect to allotments.

(2)

Source

Except as provided in exhibit 4.7.3 of the settlement agreement, any entitlement to water of allottees, or the United States, acting as trustee for allottees, for allotments shall be satisfied out of the water resources and other benefits granted, confirmed, or recognized to or for the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and the United States, acting as trustee for the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and allottees, by the settlement agreement, the LCR decree, and this Act.

(d)

Exceptions

Except as provided in section 105, nothing in this Act affects any right to water of any member of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, or any allottee for land outside of Navajo land, Hopi land, or allotments.

(e)

Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Settlement Act of 1996

(1)

Water rights

Except as expressly provided in the settlement agreement, the water rights of the Hopi Tribe on land acquired pursuant to the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Settlement Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 640d note; Public Law 104–301), and the rights of the Hopi Tribe to object to surface water and groundwater uses on the basis of water rights associated with that land, shall be governed by that Act.

(2)

Amendment

Section 12 of the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Settlement Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 640d note; Public Law 104–301) is amended—

(A)

in subsection (a)(1)(C), by striking beneficial use and inserting beneficial use of surface water; and

(B)

by striking subsection (e) and inserting the following:

(e)

Prohibition

(1)

In general

Subject to paragraph (2), water rights for newly acquired trust land shall not be used, leased, sold, or transported for use off of that land or the other trust land of the Tribe, except that the Tribe may agree with other persons having junior water rights to subordinate the senior water rights of the Tribe.

(2)

Restrictions

(A)

In general

Water rights for newly acquired trust land shall only be used on that land or other trust land of the Tribe that is located within the same river basin tributary as the main stream of the Colorado River.

(B)

Temporary transfer for use off-reservation

Notwithstanding any other provision of statutory or common law or subparagraph (A) and in accordance with subparagraphs (C) through (J), on approval of the Secretary, the Hopi Tribe may enter into a service contract, lease, exchange, or other agreement providing for the temporary delivery, use, or transfer of not more than 10,000 acre-feet per year of groundwater from newly acquired trust land that is located within 20 miles of the municipal boundaries of Winslow, Arizona, but is not within the Protection Areas (as that term is described in paragraph 3.1.119 of the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Agreement) for use at—

(i)

Hopi fee land that is located within 5 miles of the municipal boundaries of Winslow, Arizona; and

(ii)

the City of Winslow, Arizona, for municipal use by the City of Winslow and the residents of that city, with the consent of the Hopi Tribe, as provided in paragraph 5.3 and exhibit 5.3 of the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Agreement.

(C)

Maximum term

(i)

In general

The maximum term of any service contract, lease, exchange, or other agreement under subparagraph (B) (including all renewals of such an agreement) shall not exceed 99 years in duration.

(ii)

Alienation

The Hopi Tribe shall not permanently alienate any groundwater transported off of newly acquired trust land pursuant to subparagraph (B).

(D)

Weed and dust control

The Tribe shall maintain newly acquired trust land from which groundwater is or will be transported pursuant to subparagraph (B) free of noxious weeds and blowing dust that creates a threat to health or safety consistent with section 45-546 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.

(E)

Damage to surrounding land or other water users

(i)

Damages

Any transportation of groundwater off of newly acquired trust land pursuant to subsection (B) shall be subject to payment of damages to the extent the groundwater withdrawals unreasonably increase damage to surrounding land or other water users from the concentration of wells.

(ii)

No presumption of damage

Neither injury to nor impairment of the water supply of any landowner shall be presumed from the fact of transportation of groundwater off of newly acquired trust land pursuant to subparagraph (B).

(iii)

Mitigation

In determining whether there has been injury and the extent of any injury, the court shall consider all acts of the person transporting groundwater toward the mitigation of injury, including the retirement of land from irrigation, discontinuance of other preexisting uses of groundwater, water conservation techniques, and procurement of additional sources of water that benefit the sub-basin or landowners within the sub-basin.

(iv)

Court fees

The court may award reasonable attorney fees, expert witness expenses and fees, and court costs to the prevailing party in litigation seeking damages for transporting groundwater off of newly acquired trust land pursuant to subparagraph (B).

(F)

No obligation

The United States (in any capacity) shall have no trust or other obligation to monitor, administer, or account for, in any manner, groundwater delivered pursuant to subparagraph (B).

(G)

Liability

The Secretary shall not be liable to the Hopi Tribe, the City of Winslow, Arizona, or any other person for any loss or other detriment resulting from an agreement entered into pursuant to subparagraph (B).

(H)

Applicable law

(i)

State law

Any transportation or use of groundwater off of the newly acquired trust land pursuant subparagraph (B) shall be subject to and consistent with all laws (including regulations) of the State that apply to the transportation and use of water, including all applicable permitting and reporting requirements.

(ii)

Purchases or grants of lands from indians

Section 2116 of the Revised Statutes (25 U.S.C. 177) shall not apply to any groundwater transported off of newly acquired trust land pursuant to subparagraph (B).

(I)

Approval of Secretary

The Secretary shall approve or disapprove any service contract, lease, exchange, or other agreement under subparagraph (B) submitted by the Hopi Tribe for approval within a reasonable period of time after submission, except that approval by the Secretary shall not be required for any groundwater lease under subparagraph (B) for less than 10 acre-feet per year with a term of less than 7 years, including renewals.

(J)

No forfeiture or abandonment

The nonuse of groundwater of the Hopi Tribe from the newly acquired trust land pursuant to subparagraph (B) shall not result in a forfeiture, abandonment, relinquishment, or other loss of all or any part of applicable rights.

.

107.

After-acquired trust land

(a)

Requirement of Act of Congress

Except as provided in section 11 of Public Law 93–531 (25 U.S.C. 640d–10) and the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Settlement Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 640d note; Public Law 104–301), the Navajo Nation or the Hopi Tribe may only seek to have legal title to additional land in the State, located outside the exterior boundaries of the land that is, on the date of enactment of this Act, in reservation status or held in trust for the benefit of the Navajo Nation or the Hopi Tribe, taken into trust by the United States for the benefit of the Navajo Nation or the Hopi Tribe, respectively, pursuant to an Act of Congress enacted after the date of enactment of this Act.

(b)

Water rights

Any land taken into trust for the benefit of the Navajo Nation or the Hopi Tribe after the date of the enactment of this Act shall have only those rights to water provided under the settlement agreement, the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Settlement Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 640d note; Public Law 104–301), and this Act, unless provided otherwise in a subsequent Act of Congress, as provided in subsection (a).

(c)

Acceptance of land in trust status

(1)

Mandatory trust acquisition

Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b), if the Navajo Nation or Hopi Tribe acquires legal fee title to land that is located within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Reservation or the Hopi Reservation, respectively, upon application by the Navajo Nation or the Hopi Tribe to take the land into trust, the Secretary shall accept the land into trust status for the benefit of the Navajo Nation or Hopi Tribe in accordance with applicable Federal law (including regulations).

(2)

Reservation status

Land taken or held in trust by the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be part of the Navajo Reservation or the Hopi Reservation, respectively.

108.

Enforceability date

(a)

Little Colorado river and gila river waivers

The waivers and releases of claims described in section 105 shall take effect and be fully enforceable, and construction of the Navajo Groundwater Projects and the Hopi Groundwater Project may begin, on the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register a statement of findings that—

(1)

to the extent that the settlement agreement conflicts with this Act, the settlement agreement has been revised through an amendment to eliminate the conflict and the revised settlement agreement has been executed by the Secretary, the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, the Governor of Arizona, and not less than 19 other parties;

(2)

the waivers and releases of claims described in section 105 have been executed by the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and the United States;

(3)

the State contributions described in subsections (a)(2)(B)(iii) and (c)(2)(B)(ii) of section 104 have been made;

(4)

the full amount described in section 104(a)(2)(A)(i), as adjusted by section 104(a)(2)(C), has been deposited in the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account;

(5)

the full amount described in section 104(b)(2) has been deposited in the Navajo OM&R Trust Account;

(6)

the full amount described in section 104(c)(2)(A)(i), as adjusted by section 104(c)(2)(C), has been deposited in the Hopi Groundwater Project Account;

(7)

the full amount described in section 104(d)(2) has been deposited in the Hopi OM&R Trust Account;

(8)

the full amount described in section 104(e)(2)(A), as adjusted by section 104(e)(2)(B), has been deposited in the N-Aquifer Account and is available for use to implement the N-Aquifer Management Plan;

(9)

the full amount described in section 104(f)(2)(A), as adjusted by section 104(f)(2)(B), has been deposited in the Pasture Canyon Springs Protection Program Account and is available for use to implement the Pasture Canyon Springs Protection Program;

(10)

the judgments and decrees in the LCR adjudication and the Gila River adjudication have been approved by the LCR adjudication court and the Gila River adjudication court substantially in the form of the judgments and decrees attached to the settlement agreement as exhibits 3.1.70 and 3.1.49, respectively;

(11)

a law has been enacted by the State substantially in the form of a State implementing law attached to the settlement agreement as exhibit 3.1.128 and the law remains effective;

(12)

the provisions of section 45–544 of the Arizona Revised Statutes restricting the transporting of groundwater from the Little Colorado River Plateau Groundwater Basin are in effect;

(13)

the Secretary has completed a record of decision approving construction of—

(A)

the Navajo Groundwater Projects in a configuration substantially similar to the configuration described in section 103(a); and

(B)

the Hopi Groundwater Project, in a configuration substantially similar to the configuration described in section 103(b); and

(14)

the Navajo Nation has moved for the dismissal with prejudice of the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth claims for relief contained in the complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief filed by the Navajo Nation on March 14, 2003, in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, as part of the case styled The Navajo Nation v. United States Department of the Interior (No. CV–03–0507–PCT–PGR), and has moved for the dismissal without prejudice of sixth claim for relief contained in the complaint, substantially in the form of the dismissal attached to the settlement agreement as exhibit 11.9.

(b)

Failure of the little Colorado river waivers

(1)

In general

If the Secretary does not publish in the Federal Register a statement of findings under subsection (a) by October 31, 2022, this Act is repealed and any amounts—

(A)

appropriated under section 104, together with any investment earnings on those amounts, less any amounts expended under subsections (a)(9), (b)(9), and (c)(1) of section 103, shall revert immediately to the general fund of the Treasury;

(B)

transferred pursuant to subsections (a)(2)(B)(i) and (c)(2)(B)(i) of section 104 to the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account and the Hopi Groundwater Project Account from the Future Indian Water Settlement Subaccount of the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund established pursuant to section 403(f)(2)(D)(vi) of the Colorado River Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1543(f)(2)(D)(vi)), together with any investment earnings on those amounts, shall be returned immediately to the Future Indian Water Settlement Subaccount of the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund;

(C)

transferred pursuant to section 104(a)(2)(B)(ii) to the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account from the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund established by section 10501 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 407), together with any investment earnings on those amounts, shall be returned immediately to the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund; and

(D)

transferred pursuant to subsections (a)(2)(B)(iii) and (c)(2)(B)(ii) of section 104 to the Navajo Groundwater Projects Account and the Hopi Groundwater Project Account, together with any investment earnings on those amounts, shall be returned immediately to the State.

(2)

Severability

Notwithstanding paragraph (1), if the Secretary does not publish in the Federal Register a statement of findings under subsection (a) by October 31, 2022, the designation under section 109(g) and the provisions of sections 205(a)(1), 205(a)(2)(B), 205(a)(3), 205(a)(4), 205(a)(5), and 206 shall remain in effect.

(c)

Right To offset

(1)

Navajo Nation

If the Secretary has not published in the Federal Register the statement of findings under subsection (a) by October 31, 2022, the United States shall be entitled to offset any Federal amounts made available under subsections (a)(9) and (c)(1) of section 103 that were used or authorized for any use under those subsections against any claim asserted by the Navajo Nation against the United States described in section 105(a)(2)(A).

(2)

Hopi Tribe

If the Secretary has not published in the Federal Register the statement of finding under subsection (a) by October 31, 2022, the United States shall be entitled to offset any Federal amounts made available under subsections (b)(9) and (c)(1) of section 103 that were used or authorized for any use under those subsections against any claim asserted by the Hopi Tribe against the United States described in section 105(b)(2)(A).

109.

Administration

(a)

Sovereign immunity

If any party to the settlement agreement brings an action in any court of the United States or any State court relating only and directly to the interpretation or enforcement of this Act or the settlement agreement and names the United States, the Navajo Nation, or the Hopi Tribe as a party, or if any other landowner or water user in the Gila River or LCR basins in the State files a lawsuit relating only and directly to the interpretation or enforcement of paragraph 11.0 of the settlement agreement or section 105 of this Act, naming the United States, or the Navajo Nation or the Hopi Tribe as a party—

(1)

the United States, the Navajo Nation, or the Hopi Tribe may be joined in the action; and

(2)

any claim by the United States, the Navajo Nation, or the Hopi Tribe to sovereign immunity from the action is waived, but only for the limited and sole purpose of the interpretation or enforcement of this Act or the settlement agreement.

(b)

No quantification or effect on rights of other Indian tribes or the United States on behalf of other Indian tribes

(1)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph 7.2 of the settlement agreement or in paragraph (2), nothing in this Act—

(A)

shall be construed to quantify or otherwise affect the water rights, claims, or entitlements to water of any Indian tribe, nation, band, or community, including the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, other than the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation; or

(B)

shall affect the ability of the United States to take action on behalf of any Indian tribe, nation, band, or community, including the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, other than the Hopi Tribe, members of the Hopi Tribe, allottees of the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, members of the Navajo Nation, and allottees of the Navajo Nation.

(c)

Antideficiency

(1)

In general

The expenditure or advance of any money or the performance of any obligation by the United States, in any capacity, under this Act shall be contingent on the appropriation of funds.

(2)

Liability

The United States shall not be liable for the failure to carry out any obligation or activity authorized under this Act (including any obligation or activity under this Act) if Congress does not provide adequate appropriations expressly to carry out the purposes of this Act.

(d)

Reclamation reform Act

The Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390aa et seq.) and any other acreage limitation or full-cost pricing provision of Federal law shall not apply to any person, entity, or tract of land solely on the basis of—

(1)

receipt of any benefit under this Act;

(2)

execution or performance of this Act; or

(3)

the use, storage, delivery, lease, or exchange of CAP water.

(e)

Dismissal of pending navajo nation court case

Not later than 30 days after the date on which the settlement agreement is executed by the United States, the Navajo Nation shall execute and file a stipulation and proposed order, substantially in the form attached to the settlement agreement as exhibit 11.9 for—

(1)

the dismissal with prejudice of the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth claims for relief contained in the complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the case styled Navajo Nation v. United States Department of the Interior, No. CV–03–0507–PCT–PGR (D. Ariz. March 14, 2003); and

(2)

the dismissal without prejudice of the sixth claim for relief contained in the complaint described in paragraph (1).

(f)

Tolling of statutes of limitations

Any statute of limitations that may otherwise apply to, limit, or bar the sixth claim for relief described in subsection (e)(2) shall be tolled as follows:

(1)

If a settlement of the claims by the Navajo Nation to Lower Colorado River water has been approved by an Act of Congress enacted on or before December 15, 2022, then any statute of limitations that may otherwise apply to, limit, or bar the sixth claim for relief shall be tolled until the Navajo Nation waives the claims to Lower Colorado River water under the Act of Congress.

(2)

If a settlement of the claims of the Navajo Nation to Lower Colorado River water has not been approved by An act of Congress on or before December 15, 2022, then any statute of limitations that may otherwise apply to, limit, or bar the sixth claim for relief shall be tolled until December 15, 2022.

(g)

Pete shumway dam & reservoir

(1)

In general

The facility known as Schoens Lake, Schoens Dam, and Schoens Reservoir, located on Show Low Creek in Navajo County, Arizona shall be known and designated as the Pete Shumway Dam and Reservoir.

(2)

References

Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the facility described in paragraph (1) shall be deemed to be a reference to the Pete Shumway Dam and Reservoir.

110.

Environmental compliance

(a)

Environmental compliance

In implementing the settlement agreement and this Act, the Secretary shall comply with all applicable Federal environmental laws and regulations, including the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

(b)

Execution of the settlement agreement

Execution of the settlement agreement by the Secretary as provided in this Act shall not constitute a major Federal action under section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332).

(c)

Lead agency

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation shall be primarily responsible to ensure environmental compliance in carrying out this Act.

(d)

No effect on enforcement of environmental laws

Nothing in this Act precludes the United States, the Navajo Nation, or the Hopi Tribe, when delegated regulatory authority, from enforcing Federal environmental laws, including—

(1)

the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.), including claims for damages for harm to natural resources;

(2)

the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.);

(3)

the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.);

(4)

the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.); or

(5)

any regulation implementing 1 or more of those Acts.

II

Central Arizona project water

201.

Conditions for reallocation of CAP NIA priority water

(a)

Reallocation

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall neither reallocate any CAP NIA priority water to the Navajo Nation under section 202(a) nor enter into a contract with the Navajo Nation for the delivery of that water under section 202(c) unless and until the Secretary has published in the Federal Register the statement of findings referred to in subsection (b) that all of the conditions described in paragraph (2) have been satisfied.

(2)

Conditions

The conditions described in this paragraph are that—

(A)

the LCR enforceability date has occurred;

(B)

the Navajo Nation and the Navajo project lessees, with the approval of the Secretary, have executed an amendment to the Navajo Project Lease extending the term of the Navajo Project Lease through December 23, 2044;

(C)

the Secretary, with the consent of the Navajo Nation, has issued or renewed to the Navajo project lessees, in a form acceptable to the Navajo project lessees, grants of Federal rights-of-way and easements pursuant to the first section of the Act of February 5, 1948 (25 U.S.C. 323), for—

(i)

the land subject to the Navajo Project Lease and for the railroad-granted land, the terms of which shall extend through the term of the Navajo Project Lease, as amended; and

(ii)

the power transmission lines over and across land on the Navajo Reservation, the terms of which shall extend through the term of the Navajo Project Lease, as amended, described as—

(I)

the grant entitled Grant of Easement or Right of Way from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Window Rock, Arizona, Grantor, dated February 1971, for the construction, operation, maintenance, replacement, and removal of the Navajo Project Southern Transmission System, with Map Nos. INH–96, sheets 1–4, B29036, dated May 28, 1970, marked as Exhibit B to that grant, and the complete centerline description shown on Exhibit A of that grant;

(II)

the grant entitled Grant of Easement and Right-of-Way by the United States of America, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, Window Rock, Arizona, Grantor, dated September 8, 1988, including amendments to that grant, for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Navajo-McCullough Transmission Line, as shown on the Map marked Exhibit B to that grant and more particularly described in the right-of-way description marked Exhibit A to that grant; and

(III)

a right-of-way or permit for the Navajo Generating Station/Western Area Power Administrative Intertie Transmission System, running from the Navajo Generating Station switchyard approximately 200 feet to the Western Area Power Administration transmission line;

(D)

Peabody has leased coal in sufficient quantity and quality from the Navajo Nation, or the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe, for the Navajo Generating Station to operate through the term of the Navajo Project Lease, as amended;

(E)

the surface coal mining permit, or a revision of that permit, has been issued by the Secretary, acting through the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement, to Peabody authorizing the operation of the Kayenta mine and the mining of the quantities of coal referred to in subparagraph (D) through the term of the Navajo Project Lease, as amended;

(F)

Peabody and the Navajo project lessees have entered into a coal supply contract for the purchase of the quantities and quality of coal referred to in subparagraph (D) that extends through the term of the Navajo Project Lease, as amended;

(G)

the term of the contract for water service among the Navajo project lessees and the Bureau of Reclamation for the consumptive use at the Navajo Generating Station of up to 34,100 afy of upper basin water has been extended through the term of the Navajo Project Lease, as amended; and

(H)

the Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, has reissued or extended the right-of-way permit No. RW GLCA–06–002, issued on August 30, 2006, through the term of the Navajo Project Lease, as amended.

(b)

Publication of statement of findings

Upon satisfaction of all of the conditions described in subsection (a)(2), the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register a statement of findings that each of the conditions has been met.

(c)

Timing of reallocation

Upon publication in the Federal Register of the statement of findings referred to in subsection (b), the Secretary shall reallocate to the Navajo Nation the CAP NIA priority water in accordance with section 202(a) and enter into a contract with the Navajo Nation for the delivery of that water in accordance with section 202(c), through the Navajo-Gallup water supply project in accordance with this Act.

(d)

Failure to publish notice

If the Secretary fails to publish a statement of findings in the Federal Register under subsection (b) by October 31, 2022—

(1)

the authority provided under this section and section 202 shall terminate; and

(2)

this section and section 202, 203, 204, 205(a)(2)(A), and 205(b) shall be of no further force or effect.

202.

Reallocation of CAP NIA priority water, firming, water delivery contract

(a)

Reallocation to the navajo nation

(1)

In general

On the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register the statement of findings under section 201(b), the Secretary shall reallocate to the Navajo Nation the Navajo Nation CAP water.

(2)

Availability and use

The water reallocated under paragraph (1) shall be available for diversion and use from the San Juan River pursuant to and consistent with section 10603(b)(2)(D) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1383) (as amended by section 205).

(b)

Firming

(1)

Navajo Nation CAP water

The Navajo Nation CAP water shall be firmed as follows:

(A)

In accordance with section 105(b)(1)(B) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3492), the Secretary shall firm 50 percent of the Navajo Nation CAP water to the equivalent of CAP M&I priority water for the period of 100 years beginning on January 1, 2008.

(B)

In accordance with section 105(b)(2)(B) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3492), the State shall firm 50 percent of the Navajo Nation CAP water to the equivalent of CAP M&I priority water for the period of 100 years beginning on January 1, 2008.

(2)

Additional firming

The Navajo Nation may, at the expense of the Navajo Nation, take additional actions to firm or supplement the Navajo Nation CAP water, including by entering into agreements for that purpose with the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, the Arizona Water Banking Authority, or any other lawful authority, in accordance with State law.

(c)

Navajo nation water delivery contract

(1)

Contract

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall enter into the Navajo Nation water delivery contract, in accordance with the settlement agreement, which shall meet, at a minimum, the requirements described in subparagraph (B).

(B)

Requirements

The requirements described in this subparagraph are as follows:

(i)

Authorization

The contract entered into under subparagraph (A) shall be for permanent service (as that term is used in section 5 of the Boulder Canyon Project Act (43 U.S.C. 617d)), and shall be without limit as to term.

(ii)

Navajo Nation CAP water

(I)

In general

The Navajo Nation CAP water may be delivered through the Navajo-Gallup water supply project for use in the State.

(II)

Method of delivery

Subject to the physical availability of water from the San Juan River and to the rights of the Navajo Nation to use that water, deliveries under this clause shall be effected by the diversion and use of water from the San Juan River pursuant to section 10603 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1382) (as amended by section 205).

(iii)

Contractual delivery

The Secretary shall deliver the Navajo Nation CAP water to the Navajo Nation in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Navajo Nation water delivery contract.

(iv)

Curtailment

Except to the extent that the Navajo Nation CAP water is firmed by the United States and the State under subsection (b)(1) or is otherwise firmed by the Navajo Nation, deliveries of the Navajo Nation CAP water shall be subject to curtailment in that—

(I)

deliveries of the Navajo Nation CAP water effected by the diversion of water from the San Juan River shall be curtailed during shortages of CAP NIA priority water to the same extent as other CAP NIA priority water supplies; and

(II)

the extent of that curtailment shall be determined in accordance with clause (xvi).

(v)

Leases and exchanges of Navajo Nation cap water

On and after the date on which the Navajo Nation water delivery contract becomes effective, the Navajo Nation may, with the approval of the Secretary, enter into contracts to lease, options to lease, exchange, or options to exchange the Navajo Nation CAP water within Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yavapai Counties, Arizona, providing for the temporary delivery to other persons of any portion of Navajo Nation CAP water.

(vi)

Term of leases and exchanges

(I)

Leasing

Contracts to lease and options to lease under clause (v) shall be for a term not to exceed 100 years.

(II)

Exchanging

Contracts to exchange or options to exchange under clause (v) shall be for the term provided for in each such contract or option.

(III)

Renegotiation

The Navajo Nation may, with the approval of the Secretary, renegotiate any lease described in clause (v), at any time during the term of the lease, if the term of the renegotiated lease does not exceed 100 years.

(vii)

Prohibition on permanent alienation

No Navajo Nation CAP water may be permanently alienated.

(viii)

No firming of leased water

The firming obligations described in subsection (b)(1) shall not apply to any Navajo Nation CAP water leased by the Navajo Nation to other persons.

(ix)

Entitlement to lease and exchange funds

(I)

In general

Only the Navajo Nation, and not the United States in any capacity, shall be entitled to all consideration due to the Navajo Nation under any contracts to lease, options to lease, contracts to exchange, or options to exchange the Navajo Nation CAP water entered into by the Navajo Nation.

(II)

Obligations of United States

The United States in any capacity shall have no trust or other obligation to monitor, administer, or account for, in any manner, any funds received by the Navajo Nation as consideration under any contracts to lease, options to lease, contracts exchange, or options to exchange the Navajo Nation CAP water entered into by the Navajo Nation, except in a case in which the Navajo Nation deposits the proceeds of any such lease, option to lease, exchange, or option to exchange into an account held in trust for the Navajo Nation by the United States.

(x)

Water use on Navajo land

(I)

In general

Except as authorized by clause (v), the Navajo Nation CAP water may only be used on—

(aa)

the Navajo Reservation;

(bb)

land held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Navajo Nation; or

(cc)

land owned by the Navajo Nation in fee that is located within the State.

(II)

Storage

The Navajo Nation may store the Navajo Nation CAP water at underground storage facilities or groundwater savings facilities located within the CAP system service area, consisting of Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa Counties, in accordance with State law.

(III)

Assignment

The Navajo Nation may assign any long-term storage credits accrued as a result of storage under subclause (II) in accordance with State law.

(xi)

No use outside Arizona

(I)

In general

No Navajo Nation CAP water may be used, leased, exchanged, forborne, or otherwise transferred by the Navajo Nation for use directly or indirectly outside of the State.

(II)

Agreements

Nothing in this Act or the settlement agreement limits the right of the Navajo Nation to enter into any agreement with the Arizona Water Banking Authority, or any successor agency or entity, in accordance with State law.

(xii)

Cap fixed om&r charges

(I)

In general

The CAP operating agency shall be paid the CAP fixed OM&R charges associated with the delivery of all the Navajo Nation CAP water.

(II)

Payment of charges

Except as provided in clause (xiii), all CAP fixed OM&R charges associated with the delivery of the Navajo Nation CAP water to the Navajo Nation shall be paid by—

(aa)

the Secretary, pursuant to section 403(f)(2)(A) of the Colorado River Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1543(f)(2)(A)), as long as funds for that payment are available in the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund; and

(bb)

if those funds become unavailable, the Navajo Nation.

(xiii)

Lessee responsibility for charges

(I)

In general

Any lease or option to lease providing for the temporary delivery to other persons of any Navajo Nation CAP water shall require the lessee to pay the CAP operating agency all CAP fixed OM&R charges and all CAP pumping energy charges associated with the delivery of the leased water.

(II)

No responsibility for payment

Neither the Navajo Nation nor the United States in any capacity shall be responsible for the payment of any charges associated with the delivery of the Navajo Nation CAP water leased to other persons.

(xiv)

Advance payment

No Navajo Nation CAP water shall be delivered unless the CAP fixed OM&R charges and the CAP pumping energy charges associated with the delivery of that water have been paid in advance.

(xv)

Calculation

The charges for delivery of the Navajo Nation CAP water pursuant to the Navajo Nation water delivery contract shall be calculated in accordance with the CAP repayment stipulation.

(xvi)

Shortages of Navajo Nation CAP water

If, for any year, the available CAP supply is insufficient to meet all demands under CAP contracts for the delivery of CAP NIA priority water, the Secretary and the CAP operating agency shall prorate the available CAP NIA priority water among the CAP contractors holding contractual entitlements to CAP NIA priority water on the basis of the quantity of CAP NIA priority water used by each such CAP contractor in the last year for which the available CAP supply was sufficient to fill all orders for CAP NIA priority water.

(xvii)

Cap repayment

For purpose of determining the allocation and repayment of costs of any stages of the CAP constructed after November 21, 2007, the costs associated with the delivery of the Navajo Nation CAP water, regardless of whether the Navajo Nation CAP water is delivered for use by the Navajo Nation or in accordance with any lease, option to lease, exchange, or option to exchange providing for the delivery to other persons of the Navajo Nation CAP water, shall be—

(I)

nonreimbursable; and

(II)

excluded from the repayment obligation of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District.

(xviii)

Nonreimbursable cap construction costs

(I)

In general

With respect to the costs associated with the construction of the CAP system allocable to the Navajo Nation—

(aa)

the costs shall be nonreimbursable; and

(bb)

the Navajo Nation shall have no repayment obligation for the costs.

(II)

Capital charges

No CAP water service capital charges shall be due or payable for the Navajo Nation CAP water, regardless of whether the water is delivered for use by the Navajo Nation or is delivered under any lease, option to lease, exchange, or option to exchange the Navajo Nation CAP water entered into by the Navajo Nation.

203.

Colorado River accounting

(a)

Accounting for the type of water delivered

All deliveries of the Navajo Nation CAP water effected by the diversion of water from the San Juan River shall be accounted for as deliveries of CAP water.

(b)

Accounting for as lower basin use in Arizona regardless of place of use or point of diversion

All Navajo Nation CAP water delivered to and consumptively used by the Navajo Nation or lessees of the Navajo Nation pursuant to the settlement agreement and this Act shall be—

(1)

accounted for as if the use had occurred in the lower basin, regardless of the point of diversion or place of use;

(2)

credited as water reaching Lee Ferry pursuant to articles III(c) and III(d) of the Colorado River Compact;

(3)

charged against the consumptive use apportionment made to the lower basin by article III(a) of the Colorado River Compact; and

(4)

accounted for as part of and charged against the 2,800,000 afy of Colorado River water apportioned to Arizona in article II(B)(1) of the decree.

(c)

Limitations

(1)

In general

Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b) and subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), no water diverted by the Navajo-Gallup water supply project shall be accounted for as provided in subsections (a) and (b) until such time as the Secretary has developed and, as necessary, modified, in consultation with the Upper Colorado River Commission and the representatives of Governors on Colorado River Operations from each of the respective State signatories to the Colorado River Compact, all operational and decisional criteria, policies, contracts, guidelines, or other documents that control the operations of the Colorado River system reservoirs and diversion works, so as to adjust, account for, and offset the diversion of water apportioned to the State, pursuant to the Boulder Canyon Project Act (43 U.S.C. 617 et seq.), from a point of diversion on the San Juan River in New Mexico.

(2)

Modifications

All modifications under paragraph (1) shall be—

(A)

consistent with section 10603(c)(2)(A) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1384) and this Act; and

(B)

applicable only for the duration of any diversion described in paragraph (1) pursuant to section 10603(c)(2)(B) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1384) and this Act.

(3)

Administration

Article II(B) of the decree shall be administered so that diversions from the mainstream of the Colorado River for the Central Arizona Project, as served under existing contracts with the United States by diversion works constructed before the date of enactment of this Act, shall be limited and reduced to offset any diversions of CAP water made pursuant to section 10603(c)(2)(B) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1384) and this Act.

(4)

Effect of subsection

This subsection shall not—

(A)

affect, in any manner, the quantity of water apportioned to the State pursuant to the Boulder Canyon Project Act (43 U.S.C. 617 et seq.) and the decree; or

(B)

amend any provision of the decree or the Colorado River Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.).

204.

No modification of existing laws

(a)

No modification or preemption of other laws

Unless expressly provided in this Act, nothing in this Act modifies, conflicts with, preempts, or otherwise affects—

(1)

the Boulder Canyon Project Act (43 U.S.C. 617 et seq.);

(2)

the Boulder Canyon Project Adjustment Act (43 U.S.C. 618 et seq.);

(3)

the Act of April 11, 1956 (commonly known as the Colorado River Storage Project Act) (43 U.S.C. 620 et seq.);

(4)

the Colorado River Basin Project Act (43 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.);

(5)

the Treaty between the United States of America and Mexico respecting utilization of waters of the Colorado and Tijuana Rivers and of the Rio Grande, signed at Washington on February 3, 1944 (59 Stat. 1219);

(6)

the Colorado River Compact;

(7)

the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact; or

(8)

the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 991).

(b)

No precedent

Nothing in this Act—

(1)

authorizes or establishes a precedent for any type of transfer of Colorado River system water between the upper basin and the lower basin; or

(2)

expands the authority of the Secretary in the upper basin.

(c)

Preservation of existing rights

(1)

In general

Rights to the consumptive use of water available to the upper basin from the Colorado River system under the Colorado River Compact and the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact shall not be reduced or prejudiced by any use of water pursuant to section 10603(c) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1384) or this Act.

(2)

No effect on duties and powers

Nothing in this Act impairs, conflicts with, or otherwise changes the duties and powers of the Upper Colorado River Commission.

(d)

Unique situation

Diversions through the Navajo-Gallup water supply project consistent with this Act address critical tribal and non-Indian water supply needs under unique circumstances, including—

(1)

the intent to benefit Indian tribes in the United States;

(2)

the location of the Navajo Nation in both the upper basin and the lower basin;

(3)

the intent to address critical Indian and non-Indian water needs in the State; and

(4)

the lack of other reasonable options available for developing a firm, sustainable supply of municipal water for the Navajo Nation in the State.

(e)

Efficient use

The diversions and uses authorized for the Navajo-Gallup water supply project under this Act represent unique and efficient uses of Colorado River apportionments in a manner that Congress has determined would be consistent with the obligations of the United States to the Navajo Nation.

205.

Amendments

(a)

Amendments to the omnibus public land management Act of 2009

(1)

Definitions

Section 10302 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 407 note; Public Law 111–11) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (2), by striking Arrellano and inserting Arellano; and

(B)

in paragraph (27), by striking 75–185 and inserting 75–184.

(2)

Delivery and use of Navajo-Gallup water supply project water

Section 10603(c) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1384) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (1)(A), by striking Lower Basin and and inserting Lower Basin or; and

(B)

in paragraph (2)(A)—

(i)

in clause (i), by striking Article III(c) and inserting Articles III(c); and

(ii)

in clause (ii)(II), by striking Article III(c) and inserting Articles III(c).

(3)

Project contracts

Section 10604(f)(1) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1391) is amended by inserting Project before water.

(4)

Authorization of appropriations

Section 10609 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1395) is amended—

(A)

in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b), by striking construction or rehabilitation each place it appears and inserting planning, design, construction, rehabilitation,;

(B)

in subsection (e)(1), by striking 2 percent and inserting 4 percent; and

(C)

in subsection (f)(1), by striking 4 percent and inserting 2 percent.

(5)

Agreement

Section 10701(e) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11; 123 Stat. 1400) is amended in paragraphs (2)(A), (2)(B), and (3)(A) by striking and Contract each place it appears.

(b)

Amendments to the Arizona water settlements Act of 2004

Section 104(a)(1)(B)(ii) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487) is amended in the first sentence by striking claims to water in Arizona and inserting claims to the Little Colorado River in Arizona.

(c)

Effective dates

The amendments made by subsections (a)(2)(A) and (b) take effect on the date of publication in the Federal Register of the statement of findings described in section 201(b).

206.

Retention of Lower Colorado River water for future Lower Colorado River settlement

(a)

Retention of CAP NIA priority water

Notwithstanding section 104(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487), the Secretary shall retain until January 1, 2031—

(1)

22,589 afy of the CAP NIA priority water referred to in section 104(a)(1)(A)(iii) of that Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487) for use in a future settlement of the claims of the Navajo Nation to Lower Colorado River water; and

(2)

1,000 afy of the CAP NIA priority water referred to in section 104(a)(1)(A)(iii) of that Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487) for use in a future settlement of the claims of the Hopi Tribe to Lower Colorado River water.

(b)

Retention of fourth priority mainstream Colorado river water

The Secretary shall retain—

(1)

2,000 afy of the 3,500 afy of uncontracted Arizona fourth priority Colorado River water referred to in section 11.3 of the Arizona Water Settlement Agreement, among the Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, and the Secretary, dated August 16, 2004, for use in a future settlement of the claims of the Navajo Nation to Lower Colorado River water; and

(2)

1,500 afy of the 3,500 afy of uncontracted Arizona fourth priority Colorado River water referred to in subparagraph 11.3 of the Arizona Water Settlement Agreement, among the Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, and the Secretary, dated August 16, 2004, for use in a future settlement of the claims of the Hopi Tribe to Lower Colorado River water.

(c)

Conditions

(1)

Navajo nation

If Congress does not approve a settlement of the claims of the Navajo Nation to Lower Colorado River water by January 1, 2031, the 22,589 afy of CAP NIA priority water referred to in subsection (a)(1) shall be available to the Secretary under section 104(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487).

(2)

Hopi tribe

If Congress does not approve a settlement of the claims of the Hopi Tribe to Lower Colorado River water by January 1, 2031, the 1,000 afy of CAP NIA priority water referred to in subsection (a)(2) shall be available to the Secretary under section 104(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487).

(3)

Water retained for the navajo nation

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the fourth priority Colorado River water retained for the Navajo Nation under subsection (b)(1) shall not be allocated, nor shall any contract be issued under the Boulder Canyon Project Act (42 U.S.C. 617 et seq.) for the use of the water, until a final Indian water rights settlement for the Navajo Nation has been approved by Congress, resolving the claims of the Navajo Nation to Lower Colorado River water within the State.

(B)

Adjudication of Navajo Nation Claims

(i)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph (1) and subparagraph (C), if the claims of the Navajo Nation to Lower Colorado River water are fully and finally adjudicated through litigation without a settlement of those claims, the 22,589 afy of CAP NIA priority water referred to in subsection (a)(1) and the 2,000 afy of fourth priority Colorado River water referred to in subsection (b)(1)—

(I)

shall no longer be retained as provided in those subsections; but

(II)

shall be used to satisfy, in whole or in part, any rights of the Navajo Nation to Lower Colorado River water determined through that litigation.

(ii)

Manner and extent of distribution

(I)

In general

Notwithstanding the last sentence of section 104(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487), the manner and extent to which the water described in clause (i) shall be used to satisfy any rights of the Navajo Nation shall be determined by the court in the litigation.

(II)

CAP NIA priority water

To the extent that any of the CAP NIA priority water is not needed to satisfy any rights of the Navajo Nation described in clause (i), the water shall be available to the Secretary under section 104(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487).

(III)

Fourth priority Colorado River water

To the extent that any of the fourth priority Colorado River water is not needed to satisfy any rights of the Navajo Nation described in clause (i), the water shall be retained by the Secretary for uses relating to Indian water right settlements in the State.

(C)

Termination of retention of CAP water

(i)

In general

If the Navajo Nation files an action against the United States regarding the claims of the Navajo Nation to Lower Colorado River water or the operation of the Lower Colorado River after the Navajo Nation dismisses the court case described in section 109(e) and before January 1, 2031, the Secretary may, prior to any judicial determination of the claims asserted in the action, terminate the retention of the 22,589 afy of CAP NIA priority water described in subsection (a)(1).

(ii)

Requirements following termination

If the Secretary terminates the retention of the 22,589 afy of CAP NIA priority water under this subsection, the Secretary shall—

(I)

promptly give written notice of that action to the Navajo Nation and the Arizona Department of Water Resources; and

(II)

use the 22,589 afy of CAP NIA priority water as provided in section 104(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487).

(4)

Water retained for hopi tribe

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the fourth priority Colorado River water retained for the Hopi Tribe under subsection (b)(2) shall not be allocated, nor shall any contract be issued under the Boulder Canyon Project Act (43 U.S.C. 617 et seq.) for the use of the water, until a final Indian water rights settlement for the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation has been approved by Congress, resolving the claims of the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation to Lower Colorado River water within the State.

(B)

Adjudication of Hopi Tribe claims

(i)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph (1) and subparagraph (C), if the claims of the Hopi Tribe to the Lower Colorado River are fully and finally adjudicated through litigation without a settlement of those claims, the 1,000 afy of CAP NIA priority water referred to in subsection (a)(2) and the 1,500 afy of fourth priority Colorado River water referred to in subsection (b)(2)—

(I)

shall no longer be retained as provided in those subsections; but

(II)

shall be used to satisfy, in whole or in part, any rights of the Hopi Tribe to Lower Colorado River water determined through that litigation.

(ii)

Manner and extent of distribution of water

(I)

In general

Notwithstanding the last sentence of section 104(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487), the manner and extent to which the water described in clause (i) shall be used to satisfy any rights of the Hopi Tribe shall be determined by the court in the litigation.

(II)

CAP NIA priority water

To the extent that any of the CAP NIA priority water is not needed to satisfy any rights of the Hopi Tribe described in clause (i), that water shall be available to the Secretary under section 104(A)(1)(B)(i) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487).

(III)

Fourth priority Colorado River water

To the extent that any of the fourth priority Colorado River water is not needed to satisfy any rights of the Hopi Tribe described in clause (i), that water shall be retained by the Secretary for uses relating to Indian water right settlements in the State.

(C)

Termination of Retention of CAP water

(i)

In general

If the Hopi Tribe files an action against the United States regarding the claims of the Hopi Tribe to Lower Colorado River water or the operation of the Lower Colorado River before January 1, 2031, the Secretary may, prior to any judicial determination of those claims, terminate the retention of the 1,000 afy of CAP NIA priority water described in subsection (a)(2).

(ii)

Requirements following termination

If the Secretary terminates the retention of the 1,000 afy of CAP NIA priority water under this subparagraph, the Secretary shall—

(I)

promptly give written notice of that action to the Hopi Tribe and the Arizona Department of Water Resources; and

(II)

use the 1,000 afy of CAP NIA priority water as provided in section 104(A)(1)(B)(i) of the Arizona Water Settlements Act (Public Law 108–451; 118 Stat. 3487).

(5)

Effect of Section

Nothing in this section determines, confirms, or limits the validity or extent of the claims of the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe to Lower Colorado River water.

207.

Authorization of appropriations for feasibility study

There is authorized to be appropriated to complete the feasibility investigations of the Western Navajo Pipeline component of the North Central Arizona Water Supply Study $3,300,000.