The surreal 50-year-old drama known as the Aamodt lawsuit is about to rear its ugly head once more. As one of the oldest water-rights lawsuits in the U.S., pitting state, county and the federal government as ward for the tribes, its history, its shenanigans and machinations are enough to fill vaults full of archives.
After years of litigation with various parties winning minor battles for their sides, the end of the war seemed to be eternal. After years of mediation, all parties were supposed to come up with a settlement that, if it did not please everyone, at least fulfilled the legal obligations not only to the tribes but also the defendants who, at one point, were threatened that their wells were going to be capped.
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