California Irrigation District Loses Bid to Join Ceremonial River Costume

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By Caleb Symons (May 17, 2022, 7:35 p.m. EDT) – A lawsuit over the U.S. government’s refusal to release water for a Yurok Tribe River Ceremony during drought in 2020 will proceed without an irrigation district local, which a federal judge in California found on Monday sought to litigate issues beyond the scope of this case.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick said the Klamath Irrigation District’s offer to intervene would have largely implicated the tribe’s water rights in Northern California, even though the tribe just wants to make sure the government provides enough water for its biennial ceremony.

Federal authorities are still negotiating a possible settlement with the Yurok tribe,…

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