Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 102 Part 3.djvu/598
102 STAT. 2550
PUBLIC LAW 100-512—OCT. 20, 1988
(7) recognizing that final resolution of pending litigation will take many years and entail great expense to all parties, continue economically and socially damaging limits to the Community's access to water, prolong uncertainty as to the availability of water supplies and seriously impair the long-term economic planning and development of all parties, the Community and neighboring non-Indian communities have sought to settle their disputes to water and reduce the burdens of litigation; (8) after more than two years of negotiations, which included participation by representatives of the United States Government, the Community and neighboring non-Indian communities of the Salt River Valley, who all are party to the General Adjudication of the Gila River System and Source, the parties have entered into an agreement to resolve all water rights claims between and among themselves, to quantify the Community's entitlement to water, to provide for the orderly development of the Community's lands, and to prescribe a procedure for resolving such remaining claims which the Community and its allottees may have against the United States; (9) pursuant to the agreement, the neighboring non-Indian communities will transfer rights to approximately thirty-two thousand acre-feet of surface water to the Community, provide for the means of firming existing water supplies of the Community, and make substantial additional contributions to carry out the agreement's provisions; and (10) to advance the goals of Federal Indian policy and to fulfill the trust responsibility of the United States to the Community, it is appropriate that the United States participate in the implementation of the agreement and contribute funds for the rehabilitation and expansion of existing reservation irrigation facilities so as to enable the Community to utilize fully its water entitlements in developing a diverse, efficient reservation economy. (b) Therefore, it is the purpose of this Act (1) to approve, ratify and confirm the agreement entered into by the Community and its neighboring non-Indian communities, (2) to authorize and direct the Secretary to execute and perform such agreement, and (3) to authorize the actions and appropriations necessary for the United States to fulfill its legal and trust obligations to the Community as provided in the agreement and this Act. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
For the purposes of this Act— (a) "Agreement" means that agreement dated February 12, 1988, among the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community; the State of Arizona; the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District; the Salt River Valley Water Users' Association; the Roosevelt Water Conservation District; the Roosevelt Irrigation District; the Arizona cities of Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, and the Arizona town of Gilbert; and the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, t<^ether with all exhibits thereto. (h) "Allottees" means owners of allotted land within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation. (c) "Bartlett Dam Agreement" means the agreement between the United States and the Salt River Valley Water Users'