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Winters Doctrine' on water rights still haunts the American West
By Jerry Reynolds / Indian Country Today
Story Published: Apr 28, 2008
Story Updated: Sep 15, 2008

WASHINGTON - When a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1908 gave rise to the ;'Winters Doctrine'' of reserved tribal water rights, only the U.S. government stood between tribes and a settler-state thirst for water that threatened many reservations with drought.