Although water rights have long been a source of conflict, particularly in the Western United States, the future does not have to include long, drawn-out court battles where a judge determines how much water each party is entitled to. Many successful Indian water rights settlements have already been negotiated, and more are possible as States and tribes come together to negotiate for the good of all parties. More practical, flexible solutions are available to parties who are willing to sit down together, develop the necessary trust, and negotiate the settlement of Indian water rights.
Moffitt, Melinda, "Moving Forward with Indian Water Rights Settlements" (2013). Environmental Dispute Resolution Program. 13.