Between 30-40% of Navajo households lack access to running water, and many households haul water from communal wells, which is expensive and time-consuming. Navajos use approximately one-tenth as much water as the average American household. To this day, the Navajo Nation has been unable to get its water rights quantified and converted into usable water for its citizens despite the Navajo Reservation’s founding treaty implicitly reserving “necessary water to accomplish the purpose of the Navajo Nation.”
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on November 9, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Littlewood, Ezra, "The Uncertain State of Navajo Water Rights After Arizona v. Navajo Nation" (2023). ERSJ Blog. 58.