Supreme Court to hear arguments on water supply shortages for Navajo Nation

Entrance to the Navajo Nation.
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The Supreme Court on Monday will hear oral arguments by the Navajo Nation in a lawsuit claiming that the U.S. government is not holding up its end of a federal agreement to supply the nation with water.

Lawyers for the Navajo Nation, which occupies portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, will argue that the Native Americans that live on the lands are not being given enough water from the over-tapped Colorado River. The lawsuit stems from an 1868 treaty signed by the Navajo, in which The Associated Press noted that the federal government "promised the tribe a 'permanent home' — a promise the Navajo Nation says includes a sufficient supply of water."

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