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Climate change, cost and competition for water drive settlement over tribal rights to Colorado River

The Colorado River in the upper River Basin is seen, May 29, 2021, in Lees Ferry, Arizona. The Navajo Nation, a Native American tribe with one of the largest outstanding claims to water in the Colorado River basin, is closing in on a settlement with more than a dozen parties, putting it on a path to piping water to tens of thousands of tribal members. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

The Colorado River in the upper River Basin is seen, May 29, 2021, in Lees Ferry, Arizona. The Navajo Nation, a Native American tribe with one of the largest outstanding claims to water in the Colorado River basin, is closing in on a settlement with more than a dozen parties, putting it on a path to piping water to tens of thousands of tribal members. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

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