Monday, August 19, 2013

          Student Article on Native American Water Rights Cited in Valley Water Wars

          A request from Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Chairman Vincent Armenta to 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal about a “government-to-government dialogue” will be considered Tuesday by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.

          The meeting follows a recent announcement the tribe applied for fee-to-trust acquisition of a nearly 1,400-acre agricultural site about 2 miles from the Santa Ynez Reservation involving local water rights.

          Two Santa Ynez Valley groups opposed to any annexation into the reservation — Preservation of Los Olivos and Preservation of Santa Ynez — have said they “strongly object” to Carbajal and the county opening any dialogue with the tribe. The objections are based on the fee-to-trust application filing and a recent law review article from Hastings College of the Law arguing that the Chumash can claim reserved water rights on their reservation, “This could devalue property in Santa Barbara County and threaten the water rights and municipal water rights of residents in the entire county,” said POLO president Kathy Cleary in a statement.

          UC Hastings student Joanna Meldrum’s article “Reservation and Quantification of Indian Groundwater Rights in California,” published in the Summer 2013 issue of Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental law and Policy, Volume 19 Number 2, has found center stage in a water fight beween the Chumas tribe and local communitiies.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Friday, May 18, 2018

          UC Hastings Students Speak at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

          Members of the Hastings Human Rights and International Law Organization attended the 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to meet diplomats, engage in discussions on human rights issues, and deliver advocacy statements during proceedings.
          Wednesday, May 09, 2018

          Joseph W. Cotchett, Champion for Justice and Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar, is UC Hastings Law's 2018 Commencement Speaker

          Litigation Trial Lawyers Hall of Famer and UC Hastings Alumnus, Class of 1964, to keynote the College’s 137th Commencement
          Friday, May 04, 2018

          Blek le Rat, “The Godfather” of Stencil Graffiti, Contributes Installation at UC Hastings

          The innovative street artist is taking to the streets with works throughout San Francisco to promote a rare North American exhibition.
          Friday, May 04, 2018

          UC Hastings Professor Veena Dubal’s Work Plays Role in California Supreme Court Ruling

          “The Dynamex Decision” creates a major change in the landscape for California’s gig economy and follows the path of Professor Dubal’s analysis from her scholarly work.
          Wednesday, May 02, 2018

          Thinkers & Doers: April 2018

          Professor Dubal cited in the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision – Professor Aviram discusses “Sanctuary City” litigation outside the Ninth Circuit – Ellen DeGeneres asks Kamala Harris about 2020 presidential aspirations – How Asylum Works and Doesn’t Work – Professor Ball earns national recognition with 2018 Shanara Gilbert Award – Highlights from the Spring Soirée – and much more
          Go to News Archive