Water is Life Black Mesa Peabody Controversy

  • Andrea Semlow Grinnell College undergraduate student

Abstract

ThelegaldomainofwaterintheUnitedStatesiscomplexandpermeatedwithconflict.Inthe

caseofNativeAmericans,ithasbeenalongroadtoclaimtheirwaterrightssinceEuropean

colonization.TheonlytransferablelegalclaimthatNativeAmericanwieldaretheirreservationtreaties,

theStevenTreatyrights,andtheWintersDoctrinerights.Theselegalclaimsaretheironlydefense

againstnonIndianirrigatorsandlargecorporationsencroachingupontheirland,waterrights,and

violatingtheirrighttoselfsufficiencyasasovereignpoliticalbody.Thelegalclaimsprovidelegal

protectionofqualityandquantityofwater?however,NativeAmericansstillpresentlyfacechallengesto

theseclaimsduetothemajoritypopulationviewofwaterasabiologicalnecessityandnotasacred

symbol.

Published
2015-02-02
How to Cite
SEMLOW, Andrea. Water is Life Black Mesa Peabody Controversy. Undergraduate Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, [S.l.], v. 1, feb. 2015. Available at: <https://ojs.grinnell.edu/index.php/pcsj/article/view/229>. Date accessed: 24 nov. 2017.
Section
Articles

Keywords

Black Mesa, Native American water rights, legal claims