- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is negotiating with federal authorities over the tribe’s use of water from Lake Nighthorse.

Negotiations with the Western Colorado area office of the Bureau of Reclamation opened Monday. Lake Nighthorse is a reservoir created 2 miles southwest of Durango as a settlement of Native American water-right claims.

The Durango Herald reports (https://bit.ly/160SBIf ) that terms of storing and delivering water are being negotiated.

In addition to the Southern Utes, the Ute Mountain Utes, the Navajo Nation and nontribal entities including the city of Durango have rights to the reservoir.

Ryan Christianson from the Bureau of Reclamation said the session Monday is likely the first of many.

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Information from: Durango Herald, https://www.durangoherald.com

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