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Calif. Tribe Sues Feds For Water To Perform Boat Ceremony

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Calif. Tribe Sues Feds For Water To Perform Boat Ceremony

Law360 (August 25, 2020, 6:25 PM EDT) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation must quickly reverse a “last minute” decision to withhold 7,000 acre feet of water needed for a tribal ceremony or risk running afoul of federal procedure and religious freedom laws, according to the Yurok Tribe of northern California.

The federal government, which operates an irrigation system serving farmers and tribes in the Klamath Basin, decided on Aug. 19 to cancel planned water releases from the Iron Gate Dam that the tribe needs for its upcoming ceremonial boat dance, according to a complaint filed in California federal court.

Scheduled for Aug. 30, the dance is the final…

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